Japanese Theater (often translated as 'Japan: A Photo Theater'). Photographs by Daido Moriyama. Text by Shuji Terayama. Muromachi-Shobo, 1968. 208 pp. Small quarto. First edition. Faux-felt stiff wrappers. Cardboard slipcase. 146 offset reproductions. Publisher's cards laid in.
Moriyama's killer first book!! Included in Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 1970s Ivan Vartanian & Ryuichi Kaneko
"Moriayama’s images signaled a new distinctly Japanese photographic language — one that was not just occurring in photography, but also in cinema, theater and dance. Pages presenting outrageously dressed thespians are followed by double spreads of salarymen at banquet tables and baton twirling majorettes. The overriding sensation from this book is that of a 'spectacle' that portrays life in a constant state of motion."--from Russet Lederman's excellent post--devoted to the various editions of this book--on Monsters & Madonnas, the ICP Library Blog READ MORE
These scans show book's condition:
The YouTube presentation of the book below is NOT the copy for sale; it is only intended to show book's imagery.
Near Fine- in Near Fine slipcase; a nice copy of a very fragile book; flaws quite typical of this title: rubbing to spine; rippling to wraps; spine crease; tender hinge center of text block; slipcase frayed a bit at openings; 'ding' to upper corner measuring about 1 1/2" sq.).