Young Samurai: Bodybuilders of Japan

Tamotsu Yato, Yukio Mishima


Grove Press, New York, 1967. First US Edition. Hardcover, 76pp., 7.75 x 10 inches 

Fine. An unusually sharp and clean copy of this classic, scarce in any condition. 

140 black and white photographic studies in gravure of young bodybuilders in Japan. Introduction by Yukio Mishima, whose portraits as a bodybuilder are also included in the book. 

From Mishima's introduction essay: "For the first time in Japan, the present photo-essay succeeds in revealing all the strength and the beauty of symmetry, all the splendor and the melancholy, and yes, the poetry, of the male physique." 

Book design and typography by Meredith Weatherby. Gravure plates engraved & printed in Inshokan, Tokyo. Bound at the Makoto Binderies, Tokyo.