Though during this time, Japan briefly adopted anti-sodomy laws in an attempt to modernize their legal code. He often depicted prostitutes boldly baring their chests or Kintaro, a legendary child taken in by a mountain witch, with his bare-chested adoptive mother. I'm not saying that one religion is better than the other, or that either is "right" or "wrong". One very famous example is the Denbu Monogatari Story of a Boor , in which men—while bathing in a river—debate about which one is better, men's love or women's love. Once again, let's compare this to Judeo-Christian beliefs, where the hierarchy of "bad sex things" is the opposite way around. She and the client would engage in a sake-drinking ceremony that required they each take three sips from three different cups, totally nine sips, before they had sex. Homosexual activity amongst practicing Buddhists, on the other hand, was treated more like a "lapse in self control. The Isolation of Monasteries Although Japan was small in comparison to its Buddhist neighbors, it had a lot of monasteries. 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 As it turns out, pre-modern Japan was exceptionally accepting, even encouraging, of male homosexuality and bisexuality. The courtesans in particular wore toxic lead makeup to whiten their faces, necks, hands, and feet. This tradition was rationalized by Confucian ideals that allowed the children to work out of a duty to their parents, who usually brokered year contracts with the brothel owners that their girls would have to work off. There is a gay magazine that was first published in the s.