It started in 1978 with an ordinary coffee shop near Kyoto. Word spread that the waitresses woreÂ no panties under their miniskirts.Â Similar establishments popped up across the country. Men waited in line outside to pay three times the usual coffee price just to be served by a panty-free young woman.
Within a few years, a new craze took hold: theÂ no-panties âmassageâ parlor. Increasingly bizarre services followed, fromÂ fondling clients through holes in coffinsÂ toÂ commuter-train fetishists. One particularly popular destination was a Tokyo club called âLucky Holeâ where clients stood on one side of a plywood partition, a hostess on the other. In between them was a hole big enough for a certain part of the male anatomy.
Taking theÂ Lucky HoleÂ as his title,Â Nobuyoshi ArakiÂ capturesÂ Japan's sex industry in full flower, documenting in more than 800 photosÂ the pleasure-seekers and providers of Tokyoâs Shinjuku neighborhood before the February 1985 New Amusement Business Control and Improvement Act put a stop to many of the country's sex locales. Through mirrored walls, bed sheets, the bondage and the orgies, this is the last word on an age of bacchanalia, infused with moments ofÂ humor, precise poetry, and questioning interjections.
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