'This is a side of The Beatles relaxed, comfortable and intrigued by a world that, for them, was new and exotic that we don't often see. And thanks to Asai, we are virtually in the suite with them.' Allan Kozinn
Taken by Japanese photographer Shimpei Asai, these pictures, never before published outside Japan, intimately capture a fleeting moment, with all its controversy, Beatlemania and creativity, painting a poignant image of the band during their short but intense visit.
'Never before published outside of Japan, Asai's images give a surprisingly intimate glimpse into the Beatles' behind-the-scenes world during their final year as a live band.' Rolling Stone
'I first heard The Beatles accidentally on the radio. I was just stunned. I pulled over in my car and stopped by the road and for a while I stared at the leaves of the trees trembling in the breeze.' - Shimpei Asai
Shimpei Asai is the only Japanese photographer to have gained access to The Beatles in Tokyo, and his photos have remained unknown to most outside Japan. They offer an intimate portrait of The Beatles in their first trip to the country, capturing their time on and off stage: performing, painting and experimenting with traditional Japanese instruments.
Following The Beatles from their arrival at Haneda Aiport to their departure for the Philippines, Asai captured everything from their hotel rooms to their live performances, all with a spontaneity which offers a glance into the lives of the Fab Four towards the end of their touring years.
'The same thing will never happen to another group. four personalities, their music, Brian Epstein and the staff who supported them, and the strong energy of fans made The Beatles.' - Shimpei AsaiAsai describes his experience of photographing The Beatles, recounts John Lennon and Paul McCartney's attempts to escape from their hotel to see the city, and revisits the atmosphere of their live performances.
'Through Shimpei Asai's intimate lens, The Beatles seem relaxed in the eye of the storm. His beautifully presented Genesis collection captures the quartet on stage, chilling out, in Noh theatre masks, playing kotos in kimonos.' - MOJO magazineQuarter-bound in leather each copy in this hand-crafted edition is signed by photographer Shimpei Asai. Collector copies are numbered 351 to 1,966, to commemorate the year of The Beatles' visit to Tokyo. The cover is black buckram, silk-screen printed and gold-foiled with Asai's iconic photo of The Beatles' onstage at the Budokan.
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More than 50 years after their 1966 Budokan concerts, a limited edition of rare photographs documenting the Beatles' visit to Tokyo. Taken by photographer Shimpei Asai, these pictures have never before been published outside of Japan. They offer an intimate portrait of The Beatles on and off stage during their final tour.
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