Tokyo: T ky Shinbun, 1973.
Paperback. 9 1/8" X 7 3/8". All text in Japanese. Unpaginated, approximately 110pp. Moderate wear to pictorial wraps, with rubbing to extremities, edgewear and sunning to spine, light soiling and spotting to rear, and soft creasing to corners. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A very well-preserved copy of this 1973 visual exploration of Japanese tattooing through photographs of irezumi, traditional Japanese tattoos, and images of irezumi that appear on the skin of characters of ukiyo-e, literally "pictures of the floating world," a style of Japanese art that flourished in the Edo Period (17th to 19th centuries) through woodblock prints, typically depicting such characters as kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, and figures from folk tales and history, among others. Very good. Item #4573