Yoshinori Henguchi's explosive poetry and gritty photography build on the surrealism of Haruki Murakami and his contemporaries to create a new aesthetic for a young generation of Japanese artists. Henguchi explores what he calls man's "foolish will" to define himself on a canvas of "infinities and nothingness," of absurdities and awe.
This collection is especially designed for book lovers, collectors, and readers who revel in the act of reading. It includes Henguchi's essay-poem "Nihongo" in both English and Japanese, more than sixty pages of color photography, and seventy beautifully designed poems published bilingually. The overall effect of the book is to plunge the reader into a subculture somewhere in the backstreets of Osaka. The mundane trappings of life in Japan—TV screens, kitchen cutlery, household tools, plastic umbrellas, women's shoulder pads—are rendered phantasmagorical and funny in both Henguchi's poetry and photography.
Translator: David Michael Ramirez II