Naked Festival

Yato Tamotsu


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Riotously primitive naked festivals [hadaka matsuri] take place each year across modern Japan, not only in remote villages but also in big cities such as Tokyo and Osaka. The paradox of these survivals of agricultural and fertility rites —as old as the remotest Japanese ancestors — is the theme of this book, a stunning and rare photographic record of the beauty and mystery surrounding these festivals.

To the popular conceptions (and misconceptions) of Japanese society, another facet must be added — that of a primitive youthfulness, a refusal to make the final surrender to civilization, a naive belief in ancient gods, and a freedom from Western concepts of sin and shame.

In addition to the 145 photographs by Yato Tamotsu, the book includes several essays and a guide to naked festivals.

Edition First American
Binding Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 178
Size 235 x 310 mm.
Condition Very Good. Minor wear to jacket