How closer can methodologies approach life?

The study of “bodily knowing” in Japan


  • Jiyun Bae Hiroshima University



"Bodily knowing" or "shintai chi" has emerged in Japan since the 1990s in sports and exercise science, education, and cognitive science. This paper explores specific methodologies used in bodily knowing research to shed light on its future development. Bodily knowing encompasses skills, movements, and knowledge rooted in the body. Various fields advocate for studying bodily knowing, recognizing its potential. The paper highlights existing methodologies in bodily knowing research, including analyzing sports and movement skills, exploring aesthetics in everyday life, and self-support research by individuals with disabilities. These methodologies reveal aspects that traditional scientific approaches may neglect and offer insights into constructing a potent methodology for bodily knowing research.