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Shin sekai monogatari 新世界物語 (Tale of a New World)

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  • Title (object)

    • Shin sekai monogatari 新世界物語 (Tale of a New World)
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition.

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  • Date

    • 1981
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 21.8 centimetres (covers)
    • Width: 15.4 centimetres (covers)
  • Curator's comments

    In 1979 Kitai Kazuo started to document a downtown area of Osaka curiously called 'New World' (shinsekai) that was built during the 1920s and 30s. For over two years he strolled around the working-class neighbourhood getting to know its merchants, shop-owners, artisans, children, pensioners and prostitutes. He speaks fondly of the bachelors taking their washing to a coin-laundry and going to a small theatre to pass the 30 minutes it took for a washing-cycle to complete. Kitai observed the goings-on as if the whole were a stage full of wonderful characters. Open the curtain, take a look, and close the curtain. Kitai's outlook is nothing if not humane. On the obi the term 'shinsekai' is transcribed as 'wonderland', 'lost world', and 'third world'. No copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2016 Oct - 2017 Apr, London, BM, Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'

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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.98 (Photobook number)

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