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By Laura Spielvogel

Beer, ice cream, and socializing; thighs, abs, and pecs—Japanese health golf equipment mix leisure and workout, reflecting the japanese notion of health as encompassing a zest for all times in addition to actual healthiness. via an enticing account of those golf equipment, Working Out in Japan reveals how good looks, our bodies, well-being, and relaxation are understood and skilled in Japan at the present time. An aerobics teacher in of Tokyo’s hottest health membership chains from 1995 to 1997, Laura Spielvogel captures the varied voices of membership contributors, employees, and bosses; men and women; younger and old.
Fitness golf equipment have proliferated in jap towns over the last decade. but, regardless of the pervasive impression of a attractiveness that values thinness particularly else, they've got met with simply combined good fortune . Exploring this paradox, Spielvogel specializes in the tensions and contradictions in the global of eastern health golf equipment and at the importance of changes among eastern and North American philosophies of brain and physique. Working Out in Japan explores the methods areas and our bodies are equipped and controlled in the golf equipment, the frustrations of girl teachers who face a variety of gender inequities, and the tricky calls for that the suitable of slimness areas on jap ladies. Spielvogel’s bright research illuminates not just the health golf equipment themselves, but additionally broader cultural advancements together with the expansion of the provider and the altering personality of labor and relaxation in Japan.

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