ARAKI, Nobuyoshi. Midori. (Tokyo): (Tankisha), (1982).

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ARAKI, Nobuyoshi.
(Tokyo): (Tankisha), (1982).

4to (285 × 230 mm), pp.[64]. 27 black-and-white photographs. Printed saddle-stapled wrappers, white, text in black. With the publisher’s white printed paper envelope; lightly edgeworn, 25mm opening at one corner. Fine in a very good envelope.

First edition. In Higuchi Ichiyo’s celebrated novel Takekurabe (1895), Midori is the name of a young girl who is growing up on the outskirts of Yoshiwara, the district of Tokyo where courtesans and other pleasure workers lived. She is the only female in a small group of friends and as the story progresses it becomes increasingly apparent that she is destined to enter this adult world where her sister already works. In this series of non-nude portraits Araki photographs around the idea that Midori now works in a massage parlour, transferring the setting from the Meiji period to contemporary Japan. Scarce.

Iizawa, K., A Book of Araki Books! 1970-2005 pp.91-2; Araki, N., Self, Life, Death p.695.


No copies of this first edition located in OCLC, 1 copy of the 1987 second edition found in the National Diet Library, Tokyo.


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