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Ura Nihon 裏日本 (Japan's Back Coast)

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  • Title (object)

    • Ura Nihon 裏日本 (Japan's Back Coast)
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition. Text in Japanese, summary in English.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1957
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 36.5 centimetres
    • Width: 27.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Encouraged by the success of 'Yukiguni' Hamaya chose a similar subject for his next book: A superb documentary of Japan's west coast - as opposed to its Pacific Coast. For three years Hamaya travelled from village to village, through an area that is covered by snow for nearly half the year, where icy winds blow, ancient methods of production had survived and where hard physical labour was the order of the day. "This book is published in the hope it will help people to understand other people... To say definitely, 'this is Japan' is to invite the wrong impression. However, I feel I can definitely say, 'this too is Japan'." (Introduction). A masterpiece. Only one copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    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’

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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.44 (Photobook number)

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