Today's a holiday and I have been nice and cozy all weekend (away from the rain). You guys read or hear about the big earthquake in Niigata today? I actually felt it here in Tokyo. (It wasn't a rumble though, more like a silent rocking back and forth).
Anyway, while browsing the daily news I came across a pretty interesting article that prompted me to blog about Japanese women and physical fitness.
One mis-perception I may have had before living in Japan is the active and athletic lifestyle of Japanese women. I thought that most of them were so slim because of their diet and activity level involving exercise and whatnot. But, that's not the case at all.
I have found that being considered very athletic and physically
active here is not 'cute' or very attractive. Playing sports such as
basketball, football, volleyball in college is what the more
unattractive women do. (I was told this while attending Tohoku
University in Sendai) Even at the gym I notice that the women who are
members use the gym as a social tool and can usually be found casually
walking on the treadmill or reading a magazine while slowly peddling on
the bicycle. My conclusion from observations @ the gym and attending
a university--- they aren't slim because of physical fitness.
My roommates (4 Japanese women) always ask me about my body and being so slim. When I told them I recently joined the gym and try to work out regularly every morning they were amazed. One even commented,"That's really American-style. Most Japanese don't work out at the gym." So, perhaps it's their diet and a big part of genetics?
Of course, I understand that I am making a generalization here-- so I'm interested in to know other's opinion. And, let's not turn this into a "Why I like Japanese women better than foreign/black/<insert other here> women type conversation.
Here's the article: JAPANESE SCHOOLGIRL WATCH: COIN-OP AEROBICS