December 20, 2012
"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

"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

December 13, 2012
Proud to have brought this classic work of queer poetry back into print. 

Proud to have brought this classic work of queer poetry back into print. 

August 14, 2012
MONK DESCENDING TEMPLE STEPS — Light Breaks Through Clouds After a Morning Rain by Okinawa Soba on Flickr.

MONK DESCENDING TEMPLE STEPS — Light Breaks Through Clouds After a Morning Rain by Okinawa Soba on Flickr.

July 24, 2012
KASUGA SHRINE IN THE MORNING — A Misty Temple Road in Beautiful Old Nara, Japan by Okinawa Soba on Flickr.

KASUGA SHRINE IN THE MORNING — A Misty Temple Road in Beautiful Old Nara, Japan by Okinawa Soba on Flickr.

July 24, 2012
COMING HOME FROM THE FIELDS — Mother and Child Passing a Bamboo Forest in Rustic Old Japan by Okinawa Soba on Flickr.

COMING HOME FROM THE FIELDS — Mother and Child Passing a Bamboo Forest in Rustic Old Japan by Okinawa Soba on Flickr.

June 28, 2012

Photographs by Yato Tamotsu.

March 9, 2012
Playing around with a photo from my trip to Kyoto about a year and a half ago… I need to get back to Japan.

Playing around with a photo from my trip to Kyoto about a year and a half ago… I need to get back to Japan.

February 20, 2012
Japanese fart scroll.

Japanese fart scroll.

February 2, 2012
Seppuku 1960’s Gelatin Silver Print / Vintage PrintFormer 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.

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.

February 2, 2012
Photograph by Yato Tamotsu.

Photograph by Yato Tamotsu.

February 2, 2012
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.

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.

January 13, 2012
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.

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.

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Filed under: kyoto japan vintage 19thc japanese 
December 4, 2011
Casual Pose by born1945 on Flickr.Sepia.

Casual Pose by born1945 on Flickr.

Sepia.

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Filed under: casual pose old Japan Japanese B&W 
November 29, 2011
japanese army by dani1944 on Flickr.In rememberance

japanese army by dani1944 on Flickr.

In rememberance

October 27, 2011

kitsune & tanuki…

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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)

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