"Learning to Behave Naturally" is a tapestry of early gendered memories. Participants – local and foreign university students, faculty and family at a language arts university in western Japan – were told in advance only that the project was childhood-related.

Key Words/phrases: gender, language, childhood, socialization, parenting, bullying, color coding, sex education

Designed for classroom use, "We Japanese" is an intimate exploration of the collective notion of Japanese identity.

Key words: Hafu, Zainichi Korean, nationality, returnee, ethnicity, race, gender, gaijin, makeup, sexual harassment

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The "Poorest of the Poor" from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

According to the presenter, Japan comes in second place among OECD member countries in terms of relative poverty, and like everywhere else in the world, it is the women here who are the "poorest of the poor." Watch to find out more.

EXPLANATION OF 'RELATIVE POVERTY': The USA and Japan hold the leading positions among the world’s most industrially developed countries in terms of relative poverty. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the percentage of US families whose profit is lower than the average income makes up 13.7. The number of such families in Japan reaches 13.5 percent. A report from the organization says that the USA and Japan cannot guarantee sufficient income to all citizens despite a high level of economic development. The two countries take the first and the second place respectively on the level of relative poverty. The notion of ‘relative poverty’ defines a part of population receiving less than 50 percent of the average income in a country.

Single Mothers Lead Japan's Poor Population (3 min.)

Women's Poverty Often an Overlooked Issue in Japan
Japan Tries to Face Up to Growing Poverty Problem (NYT)

Key words/phrases: Joni Seager, relative poverty, Africa, India, Japan, USA, single female-headed household, gender pay gap, childcare, discrimination, OECD, single mother

For Micha from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

"It's not true that life is one damn thing after another; it is one damn thing over and over." ~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

Hair Dye: Poison from Tamarahco Hen Productions on Vimeo.

Below is a response by a first-year student to her second-year sempai's presentation, turned into an exercise by Teacher-Tamarah: DANGEROUS FASHION By Kana [family name withheld upon request], July 18, 2001

Have you ever experienced dyeing or perming your hair? The sophomore presentation “Hair Dye” showed that hair dye is related to diseases such as bladder cancer. My hair is not only dyed but also permed now, so I am wondering how dangerous a perm is. I’ll introduce some eye-opening facts I found (1.) on/by/through my own. First of all, the process of a perm is roughly two steps; breaking and reforming cells in the hair. The perm solution includes terrible chemicals, which are similar to chemicals in weed-killer and defoliant, to destroy the inside of the hair. They are one-eight hundredth as poisonous as a weed-killer and six times as toxic as a pesticide. Compared to the hair dye which is one-three thousandth as poisonous as a weed-killer, the perm solution is by far (2.) less/more dangerous. Undoubtedly, it has serious effects on the human body. Have you ever heard of the Vietnam War? During that time, a lot of defoliants were used as a weapon. They seriously affected unborn children in woman’s bodies, and the number of the children born with deformed body parts grew rapidly after the war. The horrible thing is that the perm solution has similar chemicals to these, defoliants. However, a lot of people use it in (3.) daily/dairy life. As the presenter said, nothing is more terrible than (4.) ignorance/ignorant. Although the effects of a perm are more serious than people think, most people remain unaware. If this goes on, you, your future children and/or your precious person may be a victim. We need to actively collect every types of information. We can (5.) a_ _ _ _ tragedy with a change in thinking.

Key words/phrases: Para-phenylenediamine (PPD), Henna, Bladder Cancer Cafe, carcinogen, PPD-induced anaphylactic shock, cancer, atopic dermatitis, allergy