“Tokyo Blues” is a ‘made-up’ documentary that begins with a woman from Kyushu, whom Araki met. She moves from her hometown to Tokyo. Araki felt the women he encountered and their pasts were ‘blues’-like, became attached to their ‘performances,’ and ‘reproduced’ them. Images were first shown in his solo exhibition “Tokyo Blues,” which was held at the Nikon Salon in 1977 and are now displayed in book form together for the first time. "Documentary, photography, and the camera are all about performance. Performance is truth and it must be reproduced. Women, men, and the city are all protagonists. They all perform and live. They perform as best they can to live." - Nobuyoshi Araki, ‘Petanque Araki 3,’ Camera Mainichi, April 1977 Edition of 500 copies. Softcover 23cmx19cm.