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Chewing Gum and Chocolate

photographs by Shomei Tomatsu ; edited by Leo Rubinfien and John Junkerman ; with essay by Leo Rubinfien
Format
Book
Published
New York : Aperture, [2014]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Japanese (translated from)
ISBN
9781597112505, 159711250X
Summary
Shomei Tomatsu has created a defining portrait of postwar Japan. Beginning with his meditation on the devastation caused by the atomic bombs in 11:02 Nagasaki, Tomatsu focused on the tensions between traditional Japanese culture and the nation's growing Westernization. Beginning in the late 1950s, Tomatsu photographed as many of the American military bases as possible--beginning with those on the main island of Japan and ending in Okinawa, a much-contested archipelago off the southernmost tip of the country. Tomatsu's photographs focused on the impact of the American victory and occupation: uniformed American soldiers carousing in red-light districts with Japanese women; foreign children at play in the seedy landscape of cities like Yokosuka and Atsugi; and the emerging protest- and counter-culture formed in response to the ongoing American military presence. He originally named this series Occupation, but later retitled it Chewing Gum and Chocolate to reflect the handouts given to Japanese kids by the soldiers--sugary and addictive, but lacking in nutritional value.
Description
224 pages : illustrations, photographs ; 30 cm
Notes
"Translations from a chronology by John Junkerman"
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