Published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha
The year is 1964, and Nobuyoshi Araki is seeking out Japanese children at play in the streets. Their unbridled young energy is tangible, their camaraderie evident. The boys run and shout, poking fun and pull faces, each daring the other in an game of restless enthusiasm, all set against a backdrop of concrete, rubbish, and steel. Exactly who and where they are is irrelevant – the narrative of these photographs lies in the nostalgia for childhood that this series evokes. Only 24 years old at the time, Araki skilfully captures these fleeting young moments forever.