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Hiroh Kikai : Asakusa Portraits

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ISBN 10: 3865216013 / ISBN 13: 9783865216014
Published by International Center of Photography / Steidl, 2008
Condition: Very Good
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Title: Hiroh Kikai : Asakusa Portraits

Publisher: International Center of Photography / Steidl

Publication Date: 2008

Book Condition:Very Good

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The Asakusa quarter of Tokyo has a shady past--it was the home of some of Japan's most notorious pleasure palaces. Today it embraces this history by remaining a steadfast holdout of independent culture, which encompasses traditional comedy theater and some of the most innovative burlesque in the world. Asakusa has long attracted bohemians who opt out of Japan's contemporary consumer society, yet it is also home to the famous Senso-ji temple, which attracts floods of tourists. Over the past two decades, Hiroh Kikai has created an extensive and unforgettable series of street portraits from the diverse mass of people who pass through the district. Posed against the stark walls of the temple, his portraits of Asakusa's iconoclasts radiate a sense of hard-won individuality. The photographs are accompanied by Kikai's own pithy commentary.

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