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Pink Box: Inside Japan's Sex Clubs Paperback – 26 Sep 2006
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A rubber-covered tome which presents a fascinating portrait of the
frivilous-yet-serious world of erotic commerece.
-- Nude magazine, Autumn 06
A weird and wonderful journey deep into the heart of the Japanses sex
trade. -- Knave, January 2007
A fascinating insight into the often bizarre world of erotic
commerce in Japan.
-- Desire magazine, issue 62
In "Pink Box", photographer Joan Sinclair gives us a privileged view into Japan's most elaborate sex clubs. Unrivalled in their creativity and the sheer number of choices, these clubs offer their clientele every fantasy imaginable. Subway groping, video and comic book character encounters and visits to the nurse are just the beginning of the immense list of possibilities that are played out in colourful playrooms for adults where no detail is overlooked. Sinclair's photographs are colourful, fun and absolutely absorbing, and they capture the unique sensibility of Japanese culture that has given rise to Hello Kitty (who, by the way, is available for $800 an hour).See all Product description
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As somebody who is fascinated with all aspects of Japan, I also find this subject area interesting. The author/photographer has been extremely privileged to get behind the scenes of a such a protected industry in Japan. It's not graphic at all, but it's also not a book you'd want to leave out when people come to visit!
Great quotes and cool photographs. Nicely presented in a pink plastic cover, too. :)
With excellently documentary quality this book doesn't revert at any point to being seedy or cheaply pornographic, in fact there aren't any images graphically showing intercourse at all. (not to say that it would necessarily compromise the artists vision, but it was clearly a conscious decision by Sinclair, and I doubt from reading the text that this done out of prudishness)
The photographs have fantastic colour - very bright or even neon, except with a slightly dulled hue that captures the ambient light from fluorescent lamps; none of the images look fresh, peaceful or daylit (obviously) you're in a big city in the depths of strangely commercialized sexual world.
This book features a gorgeous, tacky fluorescent pink transparent plastic dust jacket (It's that kind of plastic that's a bit rubbery, but just the right amount of shiny - like a kitsch pvc costume from a sex shop)
To anyone thinking this book has a theme of "the Japanese are weird" - Please have an open mind, you might learn or enjoy something - I would also recommend this book on shunga http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shunga-Sex-Pleasure-Japanese-Art/dp/0714124761/ref=pd_ys_iyr1 - it is very interesting to compare historical and traditional sex industry and artistic imagery with the contemporary. Perhaps also branch out into erotic manga.