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      what it does it mean to be a woman in japan today?

      We're excited to announce that i-D has landed in Japan! To celebrate the launch, we went to hang out with some of the coolest women in Tokyo. They filled us in on what they’d change in the world, their advice for the next generation and the best thing about being a woman in 2016, straight up.

      Monet Terumoto

      Where are you from?
      Tokyo.

      Who are your female role models?
      Venus.

      What does feminism mean to you?
      To be independent and love others.

      Do you think men can be feminists?
      It has nothing to do with gender.

      If you could change one thing about the world what would it be and why?
      Shuffle people all over the world for a few days. We could understand the diversity better.

      What's the best thing about being a woman in 2016?
      Being able to be flexible.

      What advice would you give the next generation?
      "Consider what is happening around you"

      Haruhi Ise

      Where are you from?
      Tokyo, Japan.

      Who are your female role models?
      Independent women.

      What does feminism mean to you?
      It means being clear about what I really want.

      Do you think men can be feminists?
      Of course.

      If you could change one thing about the world what would it be and why?
      The values of everything.

      What's the best thing about being a woman in 2016?
      Aging gracefully.

      What advice would you give the next generation?
      Go to a lot more places.

      Masako Ogura

      Where are you from?
      Yokohama, Japan.

      What do you do? Does being a woman impact that?
      I'm a stylist. I don't really think gender has much impact on what I do. I see styling as any other form of art in the way it's visual and limitless, so I can relate and embody either gender when it suits me.

      Who are your female role models?
      My mother and my beautiful friends.

      What does feminism mean to you?
      To me, feminism is more of a reminder to respect one another, but the truth is that sexism and unfair circumstances exist everywhere, not just in regards to gender. We all share both sides of feminine and masculine spiritually, the physical does not matter.

      Do you think men can be feminists?
      Of course, if they choose to.

      If you could change one thing about the world what would it be and why?
      More nature, less nonsense. I kind of want everything to stop developing for a while so we can take the time to appreciate the good old things.

      What's the best thing about being a woman in 2016?
      As Beyonce said, We can slay and take him to Red Lobster if he is good.

      What advice would you give the next generation?
      Be yourself and take it easy!

      Sakura Kondo

      Where are you from?
      Akita, Japan.

      Who are your female role models?
      Asuka Kuraku, from a Japanese comic called Hana no Asuka Gumi!

      Do you think men can be feminists?
      I think they can agree with the idea, but I guess there are many situations out there they can't understand fundamentally.

      If you could change one thing about the world what would it be and why?
      I always try to be as positive as possible, so at the moment, none. But if I have to pick one, having a life that I don't have to work would be it, and I want to have a house with a big garden.

      What advice would you give the next generation?
      The world is spread out in front of you and it's beautiful, but once you figure out the way to find out what you really want to see in this world, I guess it'll make your life more enjoyable. Finding the way by yourself is important.

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      Risa Kato

      Who are your female role models?
      My mother.

      What does feminism mean to you?
      To be myself. Not to be a stereotype.

      Do you think men can be feminists?
      Yes they can.

      If you could change one thing about the world what would it be and why?
      To erase all the discriminations.

      What's the best thing about being a woman in 2016?
      It's great being a woman because we are able to be free.

      What advice would you give the next generation?
      Just have fun!

      Hiroko Oda

      Where are you from?
      Tokyo.

      Who are your female role models?
      We should aim to have no role models.

      What does feminism mean to you?
      The consciousness of human beings.

      Do you think men can be feminists?
      There is nothing stopping them.

      If you could change one thing about the world what would it be and why?
      I would like to be able to smell sound.

      What advice would you give the next generation?
      There is a value in just being alive.

      Credits

      Photography Ai Ezaki

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      Topics:photography, culture, straight ups, japan, i-d, tokyo, feminism

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