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Modern education of women began in earnest during the Meiji era's modernization campaign. The first schools for women began during this time, though education topics were highly gendered, with women learning arts of the samurai class, such as tea ceremonies and flower arrangement. The education code established that students should be educated "without any distinction of class or sex". By the end of the Meiji period, there was a women's school in every prefecture in Japan, operated by a mix of government, missionary, and private interests. Notably, Tsuruko Haraguchi , the first woman in Japan to earn a PhD, did so in the US, as no Meiji-era institution would allow her to receive her doctorate.
After , the Allied occupation aimed to enforce equal education between sexes; this included a recommendation in to provide compulsory co-education until the age of In , See also: Women in Buddhism , Women in Shinto. The first female Zen master, as well as the first Zen abbess, was the Japanese abbess Mugai Nyodai born - died In , the Japanese government issued an edict May 4, , Grand Council of State Edict 98 stating, "Any remaining practices of female exclusion on shrine and temple lands shall be immediately abolished, and mountain climbing for the purpose of worship, etc.
However, women in Japan today do not have complete access to all such places. Women in Japan were forbidden from participation in Yamakasa, parades in which Shinto shrines are carried through a town, until At 87 years, the life expectancy of Japanese women is the longest of any gender anywhere in the world.
Abortion in Japan is legal under some restrictions. The number per year has declined by , since In Japan, domestic disputes have traditionally been seen as a result of negligence or poor support from the female partner. After a spate of research during the s, Japan passed the Prevention of Spousal Violence and the Protection of Victims act in This law established protection orders from abusive spouses and created support centers in every prefecture, but women are still reluctant to report abuse to doctors out of shame or fear that the report would be shared with the abuser.
In , , women reported domestic violence to shelters. Anti-stalking laws were passed in after the media attention given to the murder of a university student who had been a stalking victim.
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The use of women-only cars in Japan has been critiqued from various perspectives. Public comment sometimes include the argument that women-only cars are a step too far in protecting women. In the Heian period , feminine beauty standards favored darkened teeth, some body fat, and eyebrows painted above the original which were shaved. Beauty corporations have had a role in creating contemporary standards of beauty in Japan since the Meiji era.
For example, the Japanese cosmetics firm, Shiseido published a magazine, Hannatsubaki , with beauty advice for women emphasizing hair styles and contemporary fashion. Products reflect several common anxieties among Japanese women. Multiple polls suggest that women worry about "fatness, breast size, hairiness and bust size". Another ideal is pale skin. Tanned skin was historically associated with the working-class, and pale skin associated with the nobility.
By the s, " cuteness " had emerged as a desirable aesthetic, which some scholars linked to a boom in comic books that emphasized young-looking girls, or Lolitas. Clothing is another element in beauty standards for women in Japan.
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Again, femininity is a large factor; therefore, pinks , reds, bows, and frills are all found in their apparel. Kimonos , full-length silk robes, are worn by women on special occasions. The training program starts from a young age, typically 15 years old, and can take anywhere from six months to three years. A young geisha in training, under the age of 20, is called a maiko. Maiko literally "dance girl" are apprentice geisha, and this stage can last for years. Maiko learn from their senior geisha mentor and follow them to all their engagements. Then at around the age of 20—22, the maiko is promoted to a full-fledged geisha  in a ceremony called erikae turning of the collar.
In Japan, the contraceptive pill was legalized in , much later than in most Western countries. Sexuality in Japan has developed separately from mainland Asia , and Japan did not adopt the Confucian view of marriage in which chastity is highly valued. However, births outside marriage remain rare in Japan. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Josei disambiguation.
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Gardners Books. Annual Review of Anthropology. Congressional Research Service. The Economist. Retrieved 15 December Time Magazine. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 12 December Women's Studies International Forum. Rutland, Vt. I'm currently an active duty Navy Officer living in Yokosuka and an XO of a command on base like the vice president. My husband is the stay at home husband who works part time. This blog was really helpful to me. I'm currently the girlfriend of a Japanese man. We met in a University. He will become a Salaryman starting in April which is less than 4 months away.
I'm currently still living in America until I graduate. He wants me to marry him eventually although we aren't yet engaged. I've been worrying about the demands and expectations of the Japanese housewife as well as how little the wives see their husbands who come home very very late at night. He, coincidentally, is also the eldest son in the family, which means I would also inherit responsibility for caring for his parents.
What I would like to know is, how did you convince your husband to come to the United States with you because my boyfriend refuses and says that if he leaves his job his career is finished and also he can't abandon his parents. Do you have some wisdom to impart? Thank you. Your boyfriend is right.
If he leaves his job and comes to America he will sacrifice his career. If he is the eldest son, he will also be doing something that is extremely unfilial. Those are two huge sacrifices that would weigh heavily on any relationship. So, he was ready, able and willing to make the move.
As he put it when I posed your question to him, "It takes a certain kind of guy to do what I did. There's no way around the fact that international marriage is tough, particularly when you have the factors you describe in play. The key is to keep the sacrifices you both make in balance. Too far one way or the other and there will be too much resentment to overcome. I just found your blog today and I love it! I am very interested in Japanese culture and, therefore, am curious what else I am going to learn here!
The internet is great! Found this blog entry very interesting. I've been trying to find out what kind of expectations there are going to be for me. Obviously I won't have to deal with the traditional mindsets coming from parents or him, but I know there are expectations outside the home. Is there any specific does and don'ts for my role that an American might not think of? Rachel, This is a difficult question to answer. Once you are a parent of a child in school, the expectations will come hard and fast.
By then, though, you will have a better idea of what to expect. The music from street vendors. I only kind of love the fact that they have fire in the back of their trucks. When I must pull over for a service vehicle, such as an ambulance, then receive a thank you over their loudspeaker.
So civilized! The obasan tachi elderly women and when they stop me on the street just to tell my half-baby is cute! I once, drunkenly, lost a pair of earnings and found them hung on an evergreen tree by my house. It looked like Christmas, and I felt bad taking them off. When you shop and the staff put the item in a bag and tape the bag and fold over the edge of the tape so it will be easier to open.
Clean bathrooms at most stores, especially department stores and the big shopping plazas. The cans and containers used to hold snacks and sweets. They are great to use for a nice storage place afterwards, too! The elaborate gift wrapping at many stores. Japanese lunch sets and all the freebie add-ons like salads, coffee, desert, etc. The total attention to detail. Everything is just-so and beautifully presented. Baths that fill up automatically at the perfect temperature just by pressing a button. The takkyubin package service.
So easy to mail a package anytime, from almost anywhere, and reasonable cost. Logistics heaven! The actual convenience of convenience stores paying bills, picking up food for dinner, and buying tickets for a show all in one stop. Thanks, KA International Mothers in Japan, for reminding us why, even on our hardest days, Japan will never fail to intrigue and even delight us. Today would be Shogun Sr. I miss him a little bit every day, but today the missing comes on a little harder.
I wish he were here with us to celebrate. I think about the little baby inside me now, at almost 27 weeks old, who showed up unexpectedly in the last two months of Shogun Sr. I think about how we asked him to name the baby, and he said he would, but then he stopped speaking, and he died before he could tell us what name he had picked.