Young Samurai: Bodybuilders of Japan by Tamotsu Yato
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Publisher: John Weatherhill, Inc.
Edition: Second (first English edition)
Condition: Very good
Young Samurai features a series of black and white portraits of over fifty of Japan’s most devoted bodybuilders – nicknamed a new breed of samurai for their rigorous training and tirelessly refined figures. Known for his erotic photographs of male nudes, this is Tamotsu Yato’s admiring study of the strength and symmetry of bodybuilders’ muscle-clad physiques. Originally published in Japanese under the title Taido (The Way of the Body), this second edition of the book includes English translations of the original texts, including an introduction by novelist and bodybuilder Yukio Mishima, and an explanatory background essay by Hitoshi Tamari, General Manager of the Japan Bodybuilding Association.