Roppongi Kaoru: Strange Fruit (1983)

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Roppongi Kaoru: Strange Fruit (1983)

A long time ago already, I made a post about Roppongi Kaoru’s ”Strange Fruits” in the deleuxe edition – a beautiful book in every sense, included on Master K:s shortlist of ”The 10 Greatest Kinbaku Photography Books Ever Published”.

Recently, I got hold also of this ”edited” version, published one year later, in 1983. It is a slimmer volume, not as extravagant in its packaging, but still a very beautiful hardbound book in A4-format. I note also that this later version has the title ”Strange Fruit” without the surprising plural ”-s” that was on the 1982 edition. (”Strange Fruit” is of course the title of a song made famous by Billie Holiday – based on a poem by Lewis Allan from 1937, protesting against the lynching of African Americans.)

See my earlier posts about Roppongi Kaoru here: https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/category/roppongi-karou/

Rope: Roppongi Kaoru

Photo: Ishigaki Akira

ISBN: 4-88302-118-1

 

Roppongi Kaoru: Goodbye Naomi – Images of the Queen of Kinbaku (1979)

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Naomi Tani: Goodbye Naomi – Images of the Queen of Kinbaku (1979)

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Roppongi Kaoru: Goodbye Naomi – images of the queen of kinbaku (1979)
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In 1979, the actress Naomi Tani unexpectedly decided to retire at the height of her career. The same year, she released a record with her voice – and also this beautiful photo book, with photos – some of them film stills, and a concluding listing of some of  her appearances in  “pink” movies involving rope.
In order not to change the focus of this blog from Japanese kinbaku photo-books, I will not enter a discourse about her movies, just mention that a few of them are available with English subtitles here: http://japaneiga.free.fr/pinku.html

For example:
“Flower and Snake” (1974)
“Wife to be Sacrificed” (1974)
“Tattooed Flower Vase” (1976)
“Noble Lady, Bound Vase” (1977)
And her last movie: “Rope and Skin” (1979)
Perhaps it should be mentioned also that she makes a rare appearance in Hideo Nakata’s documentary movie “Sadistic and Masochistic” (2002)

Roppongi Kaoru: Objets du désir (1984)

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Roppongi Kaoru: Objets du désir (1984)

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Master ”K” writes on his blog about the collaboration between the photographer Akira Ishigaki and the bakushi Roppongi Kaoru, resulting in the book ”Strange Fruits”:

”‘Strange Fruit’ was released in a limited, ‘deluxe’ edition in 1982 to only modest success in Japan. However, it did get Ishigaki (and by extension the kinbaku of Roppongi) an exhibition in 1983 at the East Bridge Gallery in New York City which then resulted in a small selection of Ishigaki’s kinbaku images being printed in the March, 1984 issue of the prestigious French photography magazine ‘Photo’, thus making the works of photographer Ishigaki and bakushi Roppongi Kaoru some of the first true Japanese kinbaku images ever presented in a Western general audience magazine.” (http://www.thebeautyofkinbaku.com/kinbakuandartchap1.html )

Rope: Roppongi Kaoru
Photo: Akira Ishigaki
French magazine ”Photo”, no 198, March 1984, p. 86–95
(Only a few of these images were published in the book ”Strange Fruits”.)

Roppongi Kaoru: Memoirs of a Nawashi

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Roppongi Kaoru: Memoirs of a Nawashi

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Roppongi Kaoru: Memoirs of a Nawashi
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Paperback textbook with low quality paper, and very few photos.
Publisher: Sun & Moon, 1986
ISBN-13: 978-4915567520

(For a contrast, see an earlier post about a very ambitious photo-book, featuring the rope-art of Roppongi Kaoru:
https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/strange-fruits/ )