Photographs of Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫) in his homefrom Ba-ra-kei:...

Posted by massive-goods Admin on

Photographs of Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫) in his home
from Ba-ra-kei: Ordeal by Roses (薔薇刑), 1961-1962
by Eikoh Hosoe (細江 英公)

Quote from Yukio Mishima’s preface to Ordeal by Roses:

The world to which I was abducted under the spell of [Hosoe’s] lens was abnormal, warped, sarcastic, grotesque, savage, and promiscuous…It was, in a sense, the reverse of the world we live in, where our worship of social appearances and our concern for public morality and hygiene create foul filthy sewers winding beneath the surface. Unlike ours, the world to which I was escorted was a weird, repellent city—naked, comic, wretched, cruel, and overdecorative—yet in its underground channels there flowed, inexhaustibly, a pellucid stream of unsullied feeling.