Kokugo dictionaries note that スキンシップ is Japanese-English; a search at
eLibrary gets no hits for "skinship" from English-language newspapers
and magazines; and Google results seem to be nearly exclusively for
sites from or about Japan. But the January 20 issue of the New Yorker uses the word in a context that does not connect it directly to its likely Japanese source. In a brief review of Cathedrals of the Flesh, a book by Alexia Brue about public baths around the world, the anonymous reviewer writes:|
Brue's depiction of herself as a bumbling innocent abroad isn't entirely believable, but her approach to other cultures is refreshingly humble, and her devotion to the pleasures of bathing with strangers makes a seductive case for "skinship," in which, naked together in the same water, "you do away with all the normal social barriers in life."
(January 28, 2003)