Tokyo: Ota Shuppan, 1990. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's stiff paper wraps titled in black, pink textured endpapers, original pictorially illustrated dust jacket, original bellyband printed in red.
First edition of Araki's best-known photobook exploring Japan's sex industry in Tokyo's Kabukich red light district. Although prostitution is technically illegal, the "pink industry" thrived in a myriad of strip clubs, peep shows, massage parlors, love hotels, soaplands and escort services in Kabukich . Starting in the late 1970s, amateur sex workers and erotic entrepreneurs began to enter the scene, resulting in competing businesses with distinct fetishistic focuses: a cafe with mirrored floors and pantiless waitresses; coffins with holes for open access by hostesses; a room designed to emulate a commuter train targeted at perverts. At the center was the popular club "Lucky Hole" where clients stood wearing headphones on one side of a wooden partition, a hostess on the other, and in between an aptly placed hole. Araki’s over 350 black-and-white photos exist somewhere between voyeur and participant of this bygone era (the book’s final photo is a self-portrait with a hostess in a sheer gown on his lap). In the early 80s newly enforced laws required many of the clubs to close before midnight and in the early 90s the neighborhood saw crackdowns on the yakuza; many clubs went under, only to be replaced by clean commercial complexes with McDonalds and L.L.Beans. Cited by Parr and Badger as Araki's best and most famous work. Text in Japanese. Light foxing to title page and verso of unclipped dust jacket; light toning to scarce bellyband. Near fine. Item #2673