Tokyo women

[In progress]

Hanako, Maki and Miyuki represent three generations of women. Common and radical at the same time. They uncover the inequality between men and women in Japan, but carefully place a mirror in front of us.

Hanako is 24 years old. She lights cigarettes and serves drinks in a Kyabakura in Tokyo, where local office workers pay to talk to women. Their conversations with the clients unveil the hypocrisy, male frustration and their inability to accept the equality of women.

Maki is a woman with higher studies and independent. She was, until she married and had her first child and seemed to be content to become a housewife. During the day there are only women in her building with whom she forms a society without men.

Miyuki suffers from a mouth infection and talks to cats. She is 64 years old and suffers from the Retired Husband Syndrome. An illness which some Japanese women suffer from when their husbands, complete strangers, return home after retirement.

These three women represent one and the same. The context is dazzling. Japan, avant-gardist and westernised. A mirror of modernism which hides ancient roots of inequality. Maybe this same illusion will enable us to see that we are not so different.