A short history of menstruation and its absorbent clothing in Japan
page 1, 2
by Tomoko Maeno
In 1998 a Japanese college student,
Tomoko Maeno, kindly sent a copy to this museum of part of
her thesis concerning the history of Japanese
menstrual devices. This is her English version. Her Japanese is here.
Japanese women made their own
menstrual pads or other "protection" before they were
available commercially, probably just
like women almost everywhere.
Ms. Maeno did not attach her references or bibliography.
See ads for
from the early 20th century, also
from Tomoko Maeno.
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