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Senchimentaru na tabi (Sentimental Journey)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2007,3007.6

  • Title (object)

    • Senchimentaru na tabi (Sentimental Journey)
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition. One of a limited edition of 1000 copies. Signed copy.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1971
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 24 centimetres
    • Width: 24 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    By his own account this privately published work represents Araki's photographic position: Araki met his wife Aoki Yoko at Dentsu where she worked as a secretary. He married her on July 7th 1971 (an auspicious date) and the privately published work is a chronological account of their honeymoon. It seems that the act of the honeymoon itself was an occasion for nostalgia. Some of the images have a hazy quality to them, a feeling of oppressive heat, others are sharp and dark, a few feel like holiday-snaps of commemorative nature (kinen-shashin): Breakfast in a hotel-room in Kyoto decorated with the latest '70s wallpaper, views from the hotel-window, train-stations, photos of old wedding photos on a wall, gardens, a group of electrical massaging chairs, flower arrangements in a hallway, street-scenes, as well as the infamous sex-scenes with his wife, there is something singularly subdued (if not even unhappy) about the whole affair. And yet the narrative has a pull and the exposure of the most private of memories was Araki's very own attempt at 'honesty' in photography. A separately printed facsimile letter carries a text that seems to anticipate his resignation from Dentsu in the following year. “Dear Sir, I cannot stand it any longer. It has nothing to do with the constant diarrhoea that plagues me but rather with the fashion photographs that surround us. I simply cannot stand all those anonymous faces. All those naked bodies. All those private lives and scenes that are essentially a pack of lies.” The book caused a stir. Looking back at it in the 21st century it can be said to epitomise certain universal and essentially post-modern approaches to life. No copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)

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  • Location

    G94/case14a

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2007 Jun 13-Oct 7, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
    2010 Jun-Oct, BM Japanese Galleries, ‘Japan from prehistory to the present’
    2013-2014, Oct-Feb BM Japanese Galleries, ‘Japan from prehistory to the present’

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2007

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2007,3007.6

  • Additional IDs

    • PB.6 (Photobook number)

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