In the preface to eOrdeal By Rosesf, Yukio Mishima provided a clear and succinct analysis of the work from his standpoint as both the subject of the photographs and an artist in his own right. In the case of eEmbracef, I approached him at the beginning of September, 1970 to ask him to write a preface, and when I received his manuscript at the end of the month, I was moved to see how flattering he had been.
The prefaces for both of these series have been reproduced here through the good offices of the Mishima family and although the preface to eEmbracef, which was published posthumously, might be said to be rather superlative in its praise, it has been a great support to me in my life as a photographer.
Perhaps it was because he had already planned his death two months later, but Mishima was exceedingly generous to me in what he wrote. gAs an intimate friend of Eikoh Hosoe, I have followed him on the journey which led to creation of this work, and I have always respected him as a master of self-discipline - always putting higher plateaus in front of himself. However, it can be said that eEmbracef was an especially challenging plateau which was attained with an extra degree of such mastery.h
These words of Yukio Mishimafs have served as a guide to me throughout my life as a photographer and simultaneously, I have taken them as a form of vow to which I shall adhere until the end.