This is the most passionate, intensely arousing art photography book since John Santerineross published his book, DREAM in 2004. It is a spectacularly beautiful production. Each of Murata's black & white photographs is an intricately hand-colored (by his young female muse, Yumiko Yamasaki), and the scenarios and sets are fantastical dreamscapes. The girls are featured within are delicate beauties, almost waif-like, and each very, very pretty. But there is more here than just a parade of comely Japanese models, there is also a most powerful element of sexual energy. Inspired by ancient Japanese traditions and sexual rituals, Murata crafts for us an alternate reality where his subjects prance and posture and and sometimes spread their delicate, snow-white legs as though they were sacrificial virgins offering themselves to us ... like we were Gods. They serve not only to enchant, but to stimulate our deepest, most ravishing immortal passions. Admittedly, some of the imagery is extreme, but overall this is an uplifting, cerebral, intoxicating experience.
This is a large (31.5x24cm), hardcover book and consists of 84 pages with 77 full-page photographs. Text is written in English, French, and German.