“Tokyo today.” That’s what I wanted to depict in my first photography book.
Tokyo is one of the peculiar cities in Japan. As many foreign people who visit Japan mention that they see pornography whenever they walk around the street of Tokyo, there are all levels of eroticism everywhere in their lives. Why? Unconsciously, I began to think about the reasons.
It is being said that the sex industry is increasingly fragmented these days. Niche and eccentric services which can never be understood by people except for those who have exactly the same taste are emerging one after another. All services seem to be popular to some extent.
One of the reasons for this fragmentation is that services involving “actual sexual activity” are prohibited by Japanese law. Meanwhile, I would like to also point out that Japanese people have unique sexual perversions that they react only to a very small area in a rich variety of sexual tastes for their own enjoyment.

Their unique sexual tastes cannot be explained by simply answering questions with yes, no or neither, nor classifying into black, white or even gray.
As a Japanese, I really feel that there is a vast and vague gray area in between two extremes. While living in this amazingly deep and large gray area, Japanese people have created unique culture and services.
With the increase of fragmented services in the sex industry, people have started to enjoy sexual excitement that can be felt only at a certain point in an unlimited gradation of gray area. They started to feel pleasure not physically but in their brain. Japanese men may have a special power to enjoy and enhance this kind of pleasure in their brain somehow.
Possibly, because of their delicate character that they stick to a subtle difference in the gray gradation, they might have such unique sexual perversions.

The ever-changing scenes of Tokyo and delicate Japanese men ? They are also one of the faces of Tokyo.

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Product Dimensions
Shoda Masahiro
M+W Co., Ltd.
October 2016
Roland Kelts
128 pages, Bilingual (EN & JP)
W285mm x H248mm