Monday, January 9, 2017

Book Review: Photographer Shimpei Asai Captures A Moment In The Beatles History

In 1966, The Beatles were on tour behind the recent release of their album "Rubber Soul" and they would visit Asia for the first time in their short touring career. On June 29th, The Beatles were scheduled to perform at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. The Budokan was build strictly for martial art, so when The Beatles went on to perform at this sacred hall, protests erupted. They would perform three shows in Tokyo, which were filmed for Japanese television, but was never officially released on video. Segments of their performance appear in the new Ron Howard documentary "The Beatles: Touring Years."

Now, for the first time we get an even closer look at their appearance in Tokyo with a brand new book titled "Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles In Tokyo, 1966." It features over 200-pages of photos by award-winning photographer Shimpei Asai, who was given exclusive access to The Beatles during their stay in Tokyo.

Shimpei covers everything from their arrival at the airport, to the Fab Four relaxing in their hotel rooms, to the press conference, to them onstage at the Budokan. The wonderful photos in this book are not only of The Beatles themselves, but also the surrounding sights that will give fans a deeper insight into the pressure that was felt during their performances. Shimpei gives us an artistic look at what The Beatles were like on tour as he captures aspects of their hotel rooms that other photographers would bypass. Not only are emotions by John, Paul, George and Ringo captured perfectly through his lens, but he also brings in the emotions of the fans at their shows in Tokyo.

Shimpei gives us written details to his photographs in both English and Japanese. Looking back, he gives us an idea of were his inspirations came from and what The Beatles were feeling during their short visit to Tokyo. He describes how he was unsure how good his photographs were as he had revisited them 50 years later, knowing that he did capture an important piece in The Beatles history.

This limited edition book features a hand-crafted leather bound cover and is personally signed by the author. To find out more about this outstanding look into the The Beatles visit to Tokyo in 1966, please visit

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