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Cho Kyo (Chinese name Zhang Jing) is Professor in the School of Global Japanese Studies at Meiji University and a guest professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken). His special field is comparative literature, with cultural history as a secondary field of research. This is excerpted from his new book The Search for the Beautiful Woman: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives and Aesthetics, translated by Kyoko Selden.