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Pink Box: Inside Japan's Sex Clubs Paperback – October 1, 2006
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About the Author
Joan Sinclair first heard about Japanese sex clubs while working as an English teacher in Tokyo and returned years later to document them. She now lives in San Francisco.
James Farrer teaches sociology at Sophia University in Tokyo, where he conducts comparative research on ideas of sexuality and romance among young people in Japan and China. He is the author of Opening Up: Youth Sex Culture and Market Reform in Shanghai.
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This is a fun book, slightly informative but mostly entertaining.
If you're looking for naked japanese women look elsewhere.
In fact, "interesting" is probably the best adjective to describe Ms. Sinclair's photographs. Despite their subject matter, they aren't particularly erotic. Instead, they are explanatory. They are posed. They are beautiful, yes, and they cover a wide cross-section of the sex trade but they capture people working. Because of that, they reflect a certain banality of working life that we don't normally associate with sex.
In addition, the brief bits of text that accompany the photos contribute to the air of explanation. And yet, finishing the book leaves a clearer and prettier picture of the sex club culture in Japan than something like Araki's Tokyo Lucky Hole. There's is much to be said for Araki's grittier and more ambiguous work but Sinclair's has its own pleasures. For someone looking to understand more of this part of Japanese culture, Sinclair's book should not be missed.
Nice quality - good insight into the weirdness of the Japanese sex industry - but also artistic and thoughtful, rather than seedy or pervy.
Great coffee-table book.
Invite friends over and see whose interest it piques! ;)
If you're looking for an off-the-tourist-path view of a slice of Japan, I think this book will help give you a flavor of--at least the seedier/fetish side of Japanese culture.
For me, it helps paint a more realistic view of Japanese culture, and balances the formal, rigorous, daytime public view of Japan.