Life recently revisited an old publication they did back in 1964 Japan. The focus was on teenagers, some of which correspondent Robert Morse calls "lost ones", and photographer Michael Rougier captures them in place in what the article made it sound like Purgatory.
Here are a few that I liked:
"A large segment of Japanese young people are, deep down, desperately unhappy and lost. And they talk freely about their frustrations. Many have lost respect for their elders, always a keystone of Japanese life, and in some cases denounce the older people for “for having gotten us into a senseless war.”"
See more photographs and the accompanying commentary here, it definitely gives some insight in Japanese youth, at least the ones breaking off from traditions, that we don't see or hear much about. It's a complimenting piece for Kids on the Slope, in a way!
I also wonder what exactly brought these youngsters into these circles. The only other event I know what happened in Japan that year was the Olympics. What happened to these kids is something I'd like to read.
Going back to what the article called "Tokyo Beatles", to my surprise, they are actually a band singing Bealtes tunes in Japanese.
Their music doesn't match the raw intensity the photographs portrayed them as, unfortunately.
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