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Thailand betting on 'boys' love' tourism boom, especially among Japanese travelers

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Totally gay gokai has never seen a BL movie. Any suggestions about where to start?

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Sex tourism is nothing new for Thailand.

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Hey, whatever floats your boat. I haven't a clue about this subculture, but it can't be worse than Johnny's Jimusho, Japan's most mainstream form of pretty boy entertainment.

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I remember a former student of mine maybe two years ago, who worked for a video importing company in Japan, told me that her company was switching from importing Chinese TV dramas to importing Thai BL videos. I didn’t understand what she was talking about when she said the name, so she had to explain it to me. I guess her company must be doing pretty well now

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Thailand,paradise for perverts of any kind,from Germany,Japan Australia,any country welcome.

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Just look out for monkeypox in those places...

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BLpox on the horizon.

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Insert Little Rascals "Boyyyy" here

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Count me out but there's something for everybody in Thailand. The people are much friendlier than in Japan so that's a plus.

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If only メルヘンチッ ク Japan could embrace truth in advertising and be true to itself. The potential is there to clean up big time for these sorts of things.

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Thailand betting on 'boys' love' tourism boom, especially among Japanese travelers:

This must be one of the most insulting and unwelcome remarks targeting Japanese tourists around the world.

Absolutely demeaning..

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I first learned of BL thru Southpark. The Asian girl students were drawing illustrations of their male classmates in homoerotic situations. However, the guys weren’t gay and so they got really peeved. Hilarious.

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« Thai BL dramas often conclude with a happy ending ». I am sure the writer is proud of this little wink at those who put together homosexuality and sex tourism in Thailand, of which many seem to be in the comments here. Considering the extent of the sex industry in Japan, it is interesting to see how many associate BL dramas and Thailand to sex tourism, as if one would associate Korean romantic dramas to prostitution in Seoul.

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the guys weren’t gay 

Not to begin with. But it would’ve ‘triggered’ their latent feelings for one another.

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"This must be one of the most insulting and unwelcome remarks targeting Japanese tourists around the world."

There's no other country in the world where paying for sex is so normalised, traditional, and so not-regarded as immoral, as in Japan. So it's not a surprising assumption to make. Many of the adult establishments in Thailand and Vietnam have Japanese owners.

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Waiting for the Thai GL dramas

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There are some very sick people around us.

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Thigh Land

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”I just find them confusing.” - Alan Partridge

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EastmanToday  08:46 am JST

Thailand,paradise for perverts of any kind,from Germany,Japan Australia,any country welcome.

funny how all those countries produce so many "perverts".... isn't it?

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> venzeToday  12:32 pm JST

Thailand betting on 'boys' love' tourism boom, especially among Japanese travelers:

This must be one of the most insulting and unwelcome remarks targeting Japanese tourists around the world.

Absolutely demeaning..

please explain....

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gokai_wo_manekuToday  07:47 am JST

Totally gay gokai has never seen a BL movie. Any suggestions about where to start?

can't imagine why you got down-voted for that.... awful lot of negativity and intolerance here lately....

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Probably be better to promote consensual relations between men than mention anything to do with boys. Thailand already has a bad reputation for child exploitation.

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@gokai_wo_maneku and for anyone else who hasn't seen any Thai BL, here are a few to get you started. These are all on Youtube.

Bad Buddy

A Tale of 1000 Stars

Tonhon Chonlatee

2ogether (and "Still 2gother")

Love by Chance

Theory of Love

Fish Upon the Sky

The Shipper

Dark Blue Kiss

Together with Me

Gay Bangkok OK (I don't think of this as BL, but more as a grown up and mature gay storyline. The story is really great. The first season did so well that they got more money for a much longer and nicer (higher production value) second season.
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Thai BL dramas often conclude with a happy ending...

Hur Hur Hur. I bet they do.

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