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Kamaitachi 鎌鼬 (Weasel's Slash)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2007,3007.69

  • Title (object)

    • Kamaitachi 鎌鼬 (Weasel's Slash)
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition. No. 458 of a limited edition of 1000 copies. 34 double-page reproductions of photographs. Signed copy. Text in English and Japanese.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1969
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    Photographs of the Butoh dancer Hijikata Tatsumi (1928-1986) returning to his home-town in Akita Prefecture. “It will be almost impossible to define Tatsumi Hijikata, between the terrestrial or the aerial as one of his own attributions, but, before speaking of that, the significant fact is that our dancer has rushed like a gust of wind to the farm village, especially to the district of rice crops, where the most contradictory and irrational facts of social reality in Japan today still remain. He appears there abruptly, just like an eagle flying down to earth, or a sudden kidnapper from heaven.” (Introduction). This book captures the meeting of tradition and modernity. Superb book-design by Tanaka Ikko. Each of the plates folds out from the gutter. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)

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  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2008, Jun-Aug, BM G3, 'Reflecting on Modern Japan'

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2007

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2007,3007.69

  • Additional IDs

    • PB.68 (Photobook number)

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