At first glance, this seems horrible – one would think that the Japanese government advocates animal cruelty! But let us look into dog fighting in Japan…
Kumiko Motokis’s was for me perhaps the most exciting book dummy submitted to this year’s Kassel Fotobookfestival. Based on an actual dog fight that took place in Aomori in Northern Japan in early 2014, this slim soft-cover publication moves cleverly between colour and black-and-white imagery: colour for the build-up before the event; black and white for the fight scenes; colour for the brutal outcome. Varying between formal, straight-up portraiture, and Antoine D’Agataesque blurred imagery, along with well-placed inserts on the history of dog fighting in Japan — which is only banned in some areas across the country — this book perfectly manages to walk the fine line between the gruesomeness of this ancient and brutal practice and the well-crafted aesthetic of a modern-day photo book.
This is some pictures of dog fighting in Japan of the Tosa Inu
The Akita Inu originated in the northernmost area of mainland Japan in the Tohoku region. This region sits just below the Hokkaido islands and comprises six prefectures; they are: Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Yamagata and of course Akita. The Akita prefecture city of Odate in the Tohoku District is recognized as the ancestral home of the Akita Inu, although it is not known when these dogs transitioned from wild to domesticated. Odate would later evolve into the epicenter of competitive dog fighting in Japan picking up the name "dog town" during the late 1880's.