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TOKIWA TOYOKO. - [Kiken na Dokubana (sometimes transliterated as Kiken na Adabana]

Tokyo, Mikasa Shobo 1957. 19x13cm publisher's boards and dustwrapper with wrap around and original cellophane; photo illustrations throughout. A touch of browning, a rather good copy. ¶ First edition of this photographic study of women at the sharp edge of Americanised Japan: Yokohama. It is captivating - from front cover to back - without being in the slightest bit charming. Tokiwa had good reason to be unimpressed with Americans - her father was killed in the fire bombing of Tokyo - but the soldiers and sailors who appear here are no more despicable than the Japanese men swarming around nude photographic sessions in part three and in that last photo - also the first, on the front cover - the woman is being dragged by a man, any man. Degredation is a system. The title of this can be translated as 'dangerous poison flower' - a prostitute - but it's the women here who have been poisoned.
AUD 750.00 [Appr.: EURO 469.5 US$ 532.58 | £UK 401.25 | JP¥ 59268] Book number 10557

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