“Mutsuo Takahashi has managed to achieve firm prose that, while unmistakably the work of a poet, shines with a black luster much like a set of drawers crafted by a master of old.” — Mishima
Proud to have brought this classic work of queer poetry back into print.
Photographs by Yato Tamotsu.
Playing around with a photo from my trip to Kyoto about a year and a half ago… I need to get back to Japan.
Seppuku 1960’s Gelatin Silver Print / Vintage Print
Former actor Yato Tamotsu, took up the camera and left an impressive oeuvre of mostly male nudes. With three publications to his credit, Taido, Naked Festival, OTOKO , his gaze undoubtedly focuses on the male figure, and the infamous writer Mishima Yukio was not one to miss out. Yato captures Mishima demonstrating his passion and obsession towards the Seppuku, using tube chocolate as fake blood. The photograph shown above is a part in a series of 7, depicting 7 steps within the ritual. It is said that Mishima often proudly displayed these portraits to his circle of intellectuals and fans.
Photograph by Yato Tamotsu.
Exploring cover art for a paperback reprint of a classic work of Japanese homoerotic poetry, I came across the photographs of Yato Tamotsu, actor and photographer of stout, square-jawed Japanese masculinity. A couple of books of photographs were published in the late 60s and 70s but have been long out of print.
The covered shopping street Shijo-Dori (4th street) in Kyoto, Japan, 1905. I’ve been to Kyoto, and while I am not positive I have walked down this particular street, the covered shopping streets in Kyoto are alive and well today.
kitsune & tanuki…
To celebrate Halloween a bit early, here is a fun example of early Japanese anime featuring a fox and tanuki (racoon dog), two figures known in Japanese folklore to change shape and play nasty tricks on people! Happy (early) Halloween everyone!
Moving Picture: The Rivalry Between Fox and Tanuki 動絵狐狸達引 (1933)