Released in October 2014 by Parco Publishing, this photobook offered texts by famous Japanese poet Tanigawa Shuntaro illustrated by photographs taken by Tsukao back in winter 2012 (more detailed info in Japanese on Tsukaoblog). It includes over 50 shots of the young model, who was 16 at the time of the session, many of them are full page shots. Below is a selection of scans.
The current promotional campaign for Sayonara Kuchibiru/FarewellSong, the new film by director Akihiko Shiota is pretty intense: official and fan events, stickers, EP/CD, Commercials, teasers and trailers and… the official film book.
It’s a beautiful item and a must-have if you are a fan of any of the three main thespians. The 103 page paperback volume offers a neat balance of quality pictures of Nana Komatsu, Mugi Kadowaki and Ryou Narita. It is cleverly split into chapters: Photo Story I, II & III – Making – Recording and Last Live Tour.
All the shots were taken on the film’s different locations: Osaka, Hamamatsu, Yokkaichi, Niigata, Hirosaki, Sakata and Hakodate. Photographer: Kotori Kawashima. You can buy this collectable book from Amazon Japan or CD Japan, both stores have English pages for non Japanese speakers.
Nana Komatsu and director Akihiko Shiota
14-year-old Nana Komatsu was then a child/teen model promoted by 3BJunior, the under age department of Stardust Promotion. They scouted her in the Harajuku area, Tokyo, recruited her and soon she appeared in magazines such as Cutie, Haco, Jille or Spoon…
Though she shares it with model and actress Miwako Wagatsuma, it can be seen as her very first photobook. First published on November 25, 2010, it was reissued in September 2018, as a paperback edition. It can be purchased from various sites including Amazon Japan where it’s easy to switch from Japanese to English. Buy from Amazon !