In "Pink Box", photographer Joan Sinclair gives us a privileged view into Japan's most elaborate sex clubs. Unrivalled in their creativity and the sheer number of choices, these clubs offer their clientele every fantasy imaginable. Subway groping, video and comic book character encounters and visits to the nurse are just the beginning of the immense list of possibilities that are played out in colourful playrooms for adults where no detail is overlooked. Sinclair's photographs are colourful, fun and absolutely absorbing, and they capture the unique sensibility of Japanese culture that has given rise to Hello Kitty (who, by the way, is available for $800 an hour).
While living in Tokyo for two years, Joan Sinclair heard rumours of sex clubs with mirrored floors and fantasy decor. She returned to San Francisco to begin a career as an attorney, but the thought of photographing these clubs never left her mind. In 2004, she packed her camera and moved back to Japan for a year. After endless nights of karaoke, she forged friendships with sex club managers and workers, and was given open access to the clubs that appear in this book. James Farrer teaches Sociology at Sophia University in Tokyo. He conducts comparative research on ideas of sexuality and romance among young people in Japan and China. He also researches and writes about nightlife in Shanghai and Tokyo. He is author of the book Opening Up: Youth Sex Culture and Market Reform in Shanghai.