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Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This engaging introduction to Japan's burgeoning beauty culture investigates a wide range of phenomenon—aesthetic salons, dieting products, male beauty activities, and beauty language—to find out why Japanese women and men are paying so much attention to their bodies. Laura Miller uses social science and popular culture sources to connect breast enhancements, eyelid surger ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published July 15th 2006 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Adrienne
Sep 17, 2013 Adrienne rated it it was amazing
WARNING: Gratuitous use of the word "fantastic" ahead.

This book is absolutely fantastic, and Laura Miller is my hero.
Her prose is fantastic, and occasional snarky commentary keeps the work exceptionally readable.
The methodology is fantastic, and the wonderfully massive bibliography provides not only validity but a plethora of sources for those looking to dig deeper into any of the topics discussed.
Seriously. Fantastic.

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Eila Mcmillin
Jan 03, 2014 Eila Mcmillin rated it it was amazing
If you're interested in modern Japanese culture, this is a book for you. Miller explains well and in a matter-of-fact way how Japanese body aesthetics connect to various other part of Japanese culture such as history, every-day perspectives and, of course, anime. Great read, well written.
Dian
Apr 16, 2013 Dian rated it it was amazing
Interesting read. Always enjoyed Japanese viewpoint on beauty, even subscribed to beauty magazines such as BIST and Karada ni ii koto. Some things are surprising, but it helps me to understand Japanese ideals...
Samantha Louise
Dec 25, 2013 Samantha Louise rated it it was ok
For an anthropology class at school. Inteesting ethnography about esute salons in Japan, as well as Japanese beauty aesthetics, but not my cuppa tea.
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Fascinating. Excellent scholarly work.
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Dr. Laura Miller received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1988. As of August 2010, she fills the Endowed Chair in Japanese Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Dr. Miller is an internationally prominent scholar of Japan studies and linguistic anthropology. She has done fieldwork in Moscow and in Japan (Kansai area, Kanazawa, and Tokyo). After graduation from
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