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What kind of woman can be described like 'Yamato nadeshiko'?

In Japan, telling a woman she's a 'Yamato nadeshiko' (“is the image of pure and perfect japanese feminity”) is a tremendous compliment, but what kind of woman can be described like this?

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"but what kind of woman can be described like this?"
-> Since the word is also pretty old, I would think maybe the concept of "ryosai kenbo" (good wife, wise mother) comes close!? Like a gentle, obedient wife, devoting her live to husband and children.
However Yamato Nadeshiko sounds like it is more about looks. Petite, white, pure skin, long, black, shiny hair and so on.

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hmmmm, in 2014
I don't think that "You are a Yamato Nadeshiko kindda woman" is a compliment. It's the time of equality and I don't think that "stays one step behind a man" is what women want.

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"Yamato nadeshiko" is a term that originates from the goddess Kushinada-hime, who is introduced in "Kiki" mythology (short for Kojiki and Nihonshoki). The goddess was thoughtfully raised to be a caring girl, and that is where the term seem to find its roots.
Presently, it refers to a woman who is dignified, elegant, and pure. It can also mean a woman who is well-behaved and stays one step behind a man. This kind of woman, who is considered good by traditional Japanese gender role, is one who's role is only to support men, so there are also some women who does not like the term. Thus, it might not always be considered a compliment.

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