Another common term for this genre is bara, stemming from the name of the first publication of this genre to gain popularity in Japan, Barazoku. However, English translations are available for Ihara Saikaku who created a bisexual main character in The Life of An Amorous Man , Jippensha Ikku who created an initial gay relationship in the post-publication "Preface" to Shank's Mare et seq , and Ueda Akinari who had a homosexual Buddhist monk in Tales of Moonlight and Rain Those days are gone now. Despite the animosity, nanshoku continued, specifically the samurai version of nanshoku, and it became the dominant expression of homosexuality during the Meiji period. Tokugawa-era writer Ihara Saikaku joked that since there are no women for the first three generations in the genealogy of the gods found in the Nihon Shoki , the gods must have enjoyed homosexual relationships—which Saikaku argued was the real origin of nanshoku. After the Russo-Japanese war however, the practice of nanshoku began to die down, and it began to receive pushback. It is received with amusement by party- goers, but not ostracization. Genji, for his part, or so one is informed, found the boy more attractive than his chilly sister". The reason being that this area was deeply steeped in the nanshoku samurai tradition of the Tokugawa period. This separated his depiction of male love from any that had come before. This was due to the association of the warrior code of the samurai with nationalism. It is used to describe female-female relationships in material and is typically marketed towards straight people, homosexuals in general, or lesbians despite significant stylistic and thematic differences between works aimed at the different audiences. Private collection. LGBT rights in Japan Japan has no laws against homosexual activity and has some legal protections for gay individuals.