Osaka Plus (+) chronicles daily life in Osaka, Japan through the eyes of well-renowned street photographer Daido Moriyama. The work spans 11 years (1995-2006). An Osaka native himself, Moriyama attempts to illustrate the subtle beauty of daily life in one of Japan's most fascinating cityscapes. Moriyama captures the delicate, the gritty; the fascade, and the underbelly of the Kansai region's most populous city. The book is paperback, in good condition.
The Beheiren was a Japanese activist group formed in 1965 to protest Japanese involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1969 they started their own periodical called Shukan Anpo (Weekly Anpo). It managed to reach a significant number of students and intellectuals, rallying a group of new-leftists who were dissatisfied with policies and programs at the time. Shukan Anpo generally consisted of several longform essays, reports on other political movements in the U.S. and around the world, photo-journalistic reports on incidents around Japan and political cartoons. The cover of this issue features a caricature of Eisaku Sato, the prime minister of Japan from 1964-1972. The item is in good condition.
Riona 7 Days, as the title suggests, chronicles a 7 day trip to New York City with actress Riona Hazuki. Its a photo diary which captures a very specific and tender moment in time. The photos are gorgeous, and give us a glimpse into the city through the fresh eyes of two Japanese travelers, Riona and her photographer Tatsuo Watanabe. The photos are extremely reminiscent of the time, evoking a nostalgia for a more open, pre-9/11 New York. The photos become progressively more risque as the trip continues, and the tone of the book becomes subtly more stark, grittier, and incorporates collages of different photo mediums. The book has become harder to come by as of late, possibly coinciding with the rise in popularity of these kinds of photo books. The work is primarily in English, and although not always correct, it gives international readers a look into the thoughts and feelings of the duo as they traverse a New York that ceases to exist today. The book is in near immaculate condition, with only a slight depression to the top right front corner.