Born in 1941, Katsumi Watanabe is one of Japan’s most iconic photographers, best known for his work in Shinjuku’s red light district, Kabukicho, in Tokyo during the 1960s and 70s. An itinerant portrait photographer, Watanabe made a living from selling his portraits of sex workers, Yakuza members, entertainers and other night people back to them for a modest sum. Watanabe had a keen sensitivity to the natural posturing of his subjects, which allowed them to uninhibitedly reveal their identities. He saw Kabukicho as a stage, and his photographs document the performers. This book, published the same year of his death, reproduces 155 of the photographer's most iconic images.