A superb retrospective monograph by one of Japan’s most esteemed photographers. As a young witness to the impact of WWII, Tomatsu became a consummate observer of post-war Japan, documenting the aftermath and also the ongoing US military presence in Japan. The idea of Westernization is a persistent theme in Tomatsu’s oeuvre; his work reveals a complex Japanese identity and highlights the social changes as a result of rapid Westernization. The images, organized by theme, are accompanied by his insightful words. Tomatsu’s images are deeply entrenched in western documentary traditions, but his eye for symbolism gives the work a unique poetic narrative as well.