Homosexuality has been an integral part of Japanese culture, presumably from prehistoric times. Mentions of it are to be found in the earliest known texts, and it occupies a central position in the culture up to the Meiji restoration of the late 1800's, when the Japanese felt the need to emulate the Western intruders and classified homosexuality as deviant.
All materials dealing with the expression of homoerotic attraction in Japanese culture, from ancient times to the 20th century.