About me

Hi there! My name is Masaki @QueerESL and I’m a queer writer and video creator in Japan who creates stuff mostly about/against heteropatriarchy. My preferred gender pronouns are he, him, they, and them. I’m also into drawing, music production, and photography.

My face photo.

(For Japanese, visit my Japanese website and Twitter. ←日本語はこちら)

I studied sociology of gender and sexuality in college (International Christian University, Tokyo) and graduate school (the University of Chicago), researching mostly straight women’s fight against sexism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia.

Me at Chicago Pride 2011, posing for the camera & holding a sign that says “Immigrants ≠ Your Homophobic Other.”


After spending my late teen years and early 20’s in New Zealand and the U.S., I moved back to Kitakanto (area north of Tokyo) in 2011 where I’m originally from, and started working as the co-owner and co-manager at FAT CATS, a minority-friendly, discrimination-free dining space that my mother and I started in 2014.

FAT CATS Spare Ribs

Writer & Speaker

I’ve also been freelancing since 2015 as a writer and speaker on various topics pertaining to gender and sexuality. Publishers include Seidosha, wezzy, wotopi, and Human Rights Association for Korean Residents in Japan. Hosts include universities, queer activist groups, professional associations, and ethnic minority groups.

Most of my writings and lectures are in Japanese, but here’s a lecture I did in English for Aoyama Gakuin University in 2017.

Please contact me at chicomasak@gmail.com for business inquiries.

A trans activist / good friend of mine Mameta Endo (left) and me (right) co-presenting on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and race. March 27, 2018.


In exploring non-text format mediums for expressing myself, I started vlogging in 2015 on YouTube.

I occasionally make videos in English, and this is the playlist of the ones available in English (either spoken or subtitled).

Illustration & Photography

In 2017, in addition to my interest in queer photography, I took up drawing to better visually express myself. See my Instagram art account for more drawings.

An illustration by me of African American female singer Gloria Gaynor famous for her song “I Will Survive.”
A brushwork of a race-unspecified, gender-unspecified youth with a caption saying “MANGA CHARACTERS ARE NOT NECESSARILY ASIAN.”

My illustrations appeared in mika’s Magical Time-Traveling Dog Therapy: a canine-assisted therapeutic modality for treating complex trauma without tearing time-space continuum (2018).

One of my six illustrations that appear in mika’s zine.


Combining electro-pop and kayokyoku, I have made some queer-themed songs which you can listen to on YouTube.

Masaki’s electro-kayokyoku music channel


Support me

Please consider supporting me via Paypal so I can spend more time writing, creating videos, and drawing queer-themed illustrations etc. Thanks!