sooshoku Grass-eaters


Grass-eaters and meat eaters

sooshoku otoko 草食男 "men who eat grass" (vegetables)
grass eaters, as opposed to meat eaters

nikushoku onna 肉食女 "meat-eating girls"

sooshoku is a word used for herbivorous animals, sooshoku doobutsu 草食動物.


"'I am a grass-eater,' an in-vogue expression for a person who avoids stress, controls risk and grazes contentedly in home pastures.

Once a voracious consumer of American higher education, Japan is becoming a nation of grass-eaters. Undergraduate enrollment in U.S. universities has fallen 52 percent since 2000; graduate enrollment has dropped 27 percent.

It is a steep, sustained and potentially harmful decline for an export-dependent nation that is losing global market share to its highly competitive Asian neighbors, whose students are stampeding into American schools."

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New Type of Metrosexual Men

Japan's 'grass eaters' turn their backs on macho ways

Japanese youngsters are crazy about categorizing themselves into
“grass-eaters” (not-agressive in attracting the opposite sex) and
“meat-eaters” (agressive in attracting the opposite sex).

Reference : Grass-eaters of Japan

and then there are the

“meat-eating girls”

sooshoku-kei otoko 草食系男子

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Who are Japan’s grass eaters?
Lately my American friends have been asking me the most strange question: “Who are Japan’s grass eaters?” Initially I thought they were referring to vegetarians or people who ate grass, but it turned out to be something entirely different.

The media overseas has been reporting a shocking recent phenomena in Japan for some time. According to their report, soshokukei danshi (草食系男子) -herbivorous boy – refers to men who are not interested in dating, sex, or marriage. These men have decided to live a life without a partner or even a romantic relationship as a way of turning their back on “macho ways.”
They find it safer both emotionally and financially to stay single and celibate. This is a serious matter, they say, because it’s contributing to the rapidly declining birth rates in the nation.

Masahiro Morioka is an university professor who came up with the term, soushokukei danshi, and made it popular. Morioka defined the term as the following:
“Grass eating men are those with gentle hearts. They are neither tied to the traditional sense of masculinity or greedy for love. They are not good with hurting people or being hurt by others.”

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