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Kasutori jidai (The Period of Cheap Spirits)

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  • Title (object)

    • Kasutori jidai (The Period of Cheap Spirits)
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition. Signed copy.

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  • Date

    • 1980
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  • Curator's comments

    This is Hayashi's most famous work. 'Kasutori' was a type of smelly, cheap liquor that was available (and affordable) at the time. Hayashi documents the decade after the end of the war when Tokyo lay in ruins: Demobilized soldiers returning, street kids smoking discarded cigarette butts, shoe-cleaners below the school-age, G.I.s, cheap bars and prostitutes show the ability of Tokyoites to adapt and cope with the awful conditions. The over-riding impression is one of being glad to be alive. When Hayashi looked through the images prior to this publication he was himself surprised to find that he had captured history. Only two copies in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)


  • Exhibition history

    2009 Jul 1-Oct 25, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
    2010 Feb-Jun, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
    2013 Apr – Oct, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'

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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.59 (Photobook number)

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