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Love Hotels: The Hidden Fantasy Rooms of Japanby Misty Keasler
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Sex creates odd cultural conventions everywhere, but nowhere has an institution quite like the Japanese love hotel. To be rented by the hour for amorous liaisons, the theme rooms revealed in this provocative collection of photographs are steeped in fantasy, their elaborate dcor ranging from simulated subway cars to religious bondage with much kink in between. These brash rooms are fascinating in themselves, but also present a window into a very classified aspect of this society. The foreword by best-selling author Natsuo Kirino and passages from hotel guest books lend humor and context to these 80 haunting room portraits, creating an astonishing document of sex and romance, public and private space in Japan.
Book News Annotation:
"Love" is a euphemism in this case for sex, as Keasler's photos of fantasy-themed rooms in the so-called love hotels show, and, to judge by the presence of shackles attached to beds, showers, and walls, S/M is popular fare for the rate-payers. Oversize format: 11.25x11.25". Keasler is a photographer based in Texas. An essay on Japanese sexual mores is provided by Natsuo Kirino, a writer in Tokyo. Not indexed. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Misty Keasler regularly contributes to Texas Monthly and Dwell magazine. She lives in Dallas.
Natsuo Kirino is the author of Out, which was a recipient of the Grand Prix for Crime Fiction in Japan and one of its major literary awards, the Naoki Prize. She lives in Tokyo.
Rod Slemmons is director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago.
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