As the 70s were drawing to a close, Hiroyasu Nakai found himself drawn to the drag queen bars of Kabukicho and the burgeoning gay bar scene of Shinjuku Ni-chome. On the other hand, Daido Moriyama was saying goodbye to photography, but clearly it was temporary as his seminal book has been reprinted in paperback form. After documenting student protests, Kitai went literally to the villages, captured in this 2001-published book.
Kazuyuki Kawaguchi's Only Yesterday depicts Okinawa and Osaka in equally gritty measure, while the photos shot by the late Takayuki Ogawa's in his posthumously published New York Is wowed Robert Frank among others. Very differently, Eiji Sakurai's Reclaimed Land looks at the end of coal mining in Hokkaido, and the slow redevelopment of the land for other purposes.