Photo Friday, International Women’s Day Edition: Buying Tampons In Japan

As I’m  presently very removed from the feminist activist space, I failed to post something this week for International National Women’s Day. So here’s a Photo Friday, MENSTRUATION EDITION to make up for it. #MenstruatingandProud

Last December when my sister and I were in Japan, we ran out of tampons and pads. When we went to the store, we struggled to find the ‘feminine product section.’ Once we got to the checkout, the woman quickly stuffed our tampons in a special paper bag, and even sealed it. Was she afraid it would accidentally open, spill out and then someone might find out that we menstruate?!

Like the rest of the world, Japan still holds period taboos. Taboos that need to be WIPED OUT. Ever wonder why women aren’t sushi chefs?

So as my sister as my model (don’t kill me!) here’s a series of photos about buying tampons in Japan.

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Some more for you for this glorious day:

Want to learn about what I did for International Women’s Day in past years? Last year I was in Melbourne and the year before I was running in Ibiza.

Want to hear more about MENSTRUATION?! Check out the time I bled all over my Thai massage, LOL.

Are you in Melbourne and want to do something feminist? Here’s where.

 

Photo Friday: Toilet Signs Of Japan, Sydney & Bangkok

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That Japanese toilet may look standard, but it’s far from it. It heats your bum up when you’re cold and plays music to drown out the sound of your shit dropping. Genius!

This past winter, I traveled for two months in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and a short stopover in Bangkok.

Japan and Bangkok had creative signs, while the places I visited in Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines were less entertaining.

Japan


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Selfies 4 Eva

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I sense a lot of pink in these Japanese toilets. Tough on the gender roles, maybe?

*Bonus from Japan*

How to use a toilet:

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Sydney


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The Customs House in Sydney

Bangkok


 

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Love toilet signs as much as I do? Don’t miss pictures of toilet signs taken in the Australian outback, Southeast Asia and the Camino de Santiago.


Featured photo: Toilets in the Oslo, Norway airport. Can you feel the sleekness?