As some of our readers know, Laurie and I (and our collaborators Mika Kobayashi and Rebecca Jennison) have been working for many months on a long, detailed article on “Body Image in Japan and the United States” for the online Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. The finished article is finally here!
You don’t want to know how many drafts it’s been through. We’re eternally grateful to everyone who answered questionnaires, who read and commented on drafts, and who provided the underlying material. The long acknowledgments list at the end of the article reflects the whole scope of the Women of Japan project.
The good thing about how long it took to do is how much we learned: there is a lot of information in there about body image in Japan that we simply didn’t have before. If it interests you at all, check it out.