What is Marriage for? from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

Perplexed by a perceived increase in 'konkatsu' or "marriage hunting activities," the presenter looks to government strategizing for answers.

Key words/phrases: 'kekkon katsudo' or 'konkatsu' (marriage hunting), 'makeinu' (derogatory word for professionally successful unmarried woman), 'jinko seisaku' (population policy),'kekkon sodanjo' (public matrimony agencies), 'omiai' (arranged marriage), 'josanshi' (midwife), 'kazoku teate' (family allowance), contraception, abortion, declining birthrate, mind control, indoctrination.

Destruction as Creation from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

One young man's take on the declining birthrate in Japan.

Key words/phrases: 'yome ni iku', ie system, 'hanayome shugyo' (bridal training), 'kaji tetsudai' (housework as bridal training), 'setai nushi' (head of household), housework, marriage, partnership.

The Skirt in Society from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

When we laugh at the ever-so-common sight of men dressed in drag, argues the presenter, we are in effect insulting all women.

Key words-phrases: 'otokomasari' (male-surpassing woman), 'memeshii' (effeminate), 'ooshi' (masculine), female dress code, drag, uniforms

Won't Be Dyed from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

The presenter looks at the disappearing 'ka fu ni so maru' tradition (of "adopting one's spouse's family ways") and concludes -- provocatively -- that no one should interfere with or attempt to control relationships between married individuals.

Key words-phrases: marriage, 'ai zo me' (things dyed indigo blue), 'ka fu ni so maru' (follow one's spouse's ways), patrimony, patriarchy, 'muko yoshi' (adopted bridegroom), 'yome' (bride), 'kacho' (male head of family), domestic violence.

unEQUAL WORLD from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

The presenter takes a hard look at domestic labor and the gender wage gap in Japan and attempts to connect the dots.

Key words: gender wage gap, 'paato' (part-time worker), 'seishain' (full-time worker), housework, the "housework law" of Spain.

[For more work-related videos: ameblo.jp/labrys/theme-10012108271.html]

Introducing Beate Sirota Gordon! from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

The presenter is eager to introduce Beate Sirota Gordon, author of Article 24 of the Japanese Constitution, to her peers. Tamarah is eager to know how it's possible that an entire class of second-year Japanese university students have never before heard of one of the most influential women of the millennium.

Key words-phrases: suffrage, gender pay gap, feminism, Japan's prewar Civil Code, the Japanese Constitution (Nihon Koku Kenpo), Article 24, Beate Sirota Gordon, textbook politics, role model.

Ichi Hime Ni Taro from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

In the process of examining the ambiguous Japanese proverb, ichi hime ni taro, the presenter discovers the gruesome underside of a still celebrated tradition.

Key words-phrases: Ichi hime ni taro, 'kokeshi', female infanticide, Gender Gap Index 2008

Barbapapa from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

The presenter focuses on color-coding in Barbapapa, arguing that its unconventionality functions to undermine gender bias in young -- and old -- readers alike.

Key words-phrases: Barbapapa, children's books, color coding, socialization

Strategy from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

The presenter has discovered the power in "reversing" stereotypes in order to get one's message across.

Key words-phrases: gender stereotypes, ageism, heavy metal, environment

Gender Problems in Sazaesan from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

The presenter takes a woman's look at Sazaesan and doesn't like what she sees. She concludes that not until new stories are told and new behaviors modeled for Japanese girls and boys "will the situation for women in our society [improve]."

(Note: the opener is weak but left intact - unedited - for teaching purposes.)

Do You Know Yourself? from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

This presenter explains why he is proud to be his mother's son.

Key words-phrases: teen motherhood, teen marriage, marital infidelity, gambling, domestic violence, child abuse, appreciation.

Am I 'Watashi', 'Boku' or 'Ore'? from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

First watch:
and read

Then watch "Am I 'Watashi', 'Boku' or 'Ore'?"

This presentation focuses on first-person pronoun usage in Japanese. The presenter asks if the paucity of options available to females in comparison to males is "a problem" -- and if so, for whom?

Key words-phrases: 'watashi', 'atashi', 'boku', 'bokura', 'ore', language usage, word coinage, equality.

Compare: Why do we capitalize the word “I”? (NYT, 2008) nytimes.com/2008/08/03/magazine/03wwln-guestsafire-t.html

About contemporary delusions of freedom.

Key words-phrases: progress, freedom, choice

[Student-handout available upon request]

About finding purpose through work.

Key words-phrases: WWII, professional aspirations, nursing school, self-support, choices in life, apathy, NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Teaching), life direction.

[Student-handout available upon request]

About the underside of meat-eating.

Key words-phrases: vegetarianism, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), pig farming

About the presenter's grandmother who, against all odds, realized her lifelong dream to open her own school.

Key words-phrases: female self-sacrifice, male privilege, (textile) factory work, ambition, self-education, happiness.

[Pronunciation practice -- 'th' -- embedded in video]

About one very soft-spoken student's grappling with privilege.

Key words-phrases: work, aspirations, poverty

[Teaching points embedded in video]

About the presenter's family name controversy.

Key words-phrases: Family name-changing, marriage, Article 750 of the Civil Code (Japan)

[Presentation skill pointers embedded in video]

About the presenter's Grandmother's impossibly complicated family tree.

Key words-phrases: Japan, geneology, male line, primogeniture

About the sacrifices of the presenter's "Overseas Chinese" grandfather.

Key words-phrases: War-induced poverty, China, Indonesia, education, overseas Chinese (Kakyo), "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946 movie)

This presentation is about our diet in contrast to our grandparents', and the social implications of each.

Key words-phrases: food, calories, 'Nihon-Koku Kenpou'ō(The Constitution of Japan), BMI (Body Mass Index)

This presenter reveals the startling reasons why her father so thoroughly "cherishes family time."

Key words-phrases: family, 'choonan' (eldest son), 'honke' (head family), infidelity, freeloading, 'jugyou-sankan' (open house), filial duty, "natural"

This presenter describes her father's realization that housework and other aspects of family maintenance are not "naturally" women's sole responsibility.

Key words-phrases: housework, schedule, sharing, understanding, appreciation

About the presenter's grandparents' interminably long life together. Not a love story.

Key words-phrases: marriage, divorce, the importance of a conclusion/visual support

The presenter argues that 'onna kotoba' and 'otoko kotoba' -- mutually exclusive, gender-differentiated codes of communication -- qualify as one especially enduring Japanese form of discrimination against women, but instead of proposing changes to the language itself, she has another idea. Watch and learn!

Key words-phrases: 'onna kotoba', 'otoko kotoba', false discrimination, gender-free (language, society)

The presenter looks at sports ads and asks in disappointment, where are the female athletes?

Key words-phrases: advertising, male athleticism, female nakedness, sexist humor.

After engaging in a little "dictionary research," the presenter makes a startling discovery regarding who, according to the writing system of Japan, qualifies as a person -- and who does not.

Key words-phrases: Japanese, radical (bushu), wife (tsuma), husband (otto), linguistic sexism, language reform.