Naked Festival

Tamotsu Yato, Yukio Mishima


: First / Tokyo / Fine Art House / 1969 / Softcover. / VG+ / VG+
Small Folio, 76pp. Cloth in Slipcase. Numerous Black & White plates. Text in Japanese.

A photo essay and guide to the primal naked festivals that take place (or used to) in Japan. There’s something quite homoerotic, and pagan about them, which is presumably why Yukio Mishima is interested and contributes the essay ‘on nakedness and shame’. A much misunderstood phenomenon stemming from ancient agricultural festivities and fertility rites.

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