ARAKI, Nobuyoshi. Tokyo Lucky Hole. Tokyo: Ohta Shuppan, 1990.

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ARAKI, Nobuyoshi.
Tokyo Lucky Hole.
Tokyo: Ohta Shuppan, 1990.

8vo (209 x 130 mm), pp.[ii], 269, [3]. 400 black-and-white photographs; pages lightly toned due to chosen paper stock. Textured pink endpapers. Red printed perfect bound wrappers, text in black and white; gentle indentation to top and to bottom edge. Pink-toned photo-illustrated dust-jacket, text in white and black. Publisher's off-white printed wraparound band, text in pink; very light toning at spine. Near fine book and band in a fine dust-jacket.

First edition of one of Araki’s best-known books, photographed in and around the sex clubs of the Kabuki-cho area of Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, an area which holds a central position in post-war Japanese counter-culture. Araki’s images captured the full blooming of this industry just before its curtailment by the New Amusement Business Control Act which came into force on 13 February 1985.

The Photobook: A History Vol. I 307; A Book of Araki Books! 1970-2005 162-7; Self, Life, Death 698

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