Hajime Takeda

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Hajime Takeda (武田肇), born 1943 in Tokyo, is a poet and photographer who has published photo books featuring young boys and boy choirs. He also publishes a magazine series called Ganymede: The magazine of Ganymede Society which includes the work of many different poets. It includes Mr. Takeda's many poems, tankas, and essays, and the subject is often about boy love. Occasionally the magazine has included the photography of Wilhelm von Gloeden and Gugilelmo Plushchow and a brief biography on each photographer.[1] As of December 2016, the magazine is currently on it's 60th issue.[2] [3]

Works of interest

Title [4] Translation Publisher Release date
『半ズボンの神話』 Legend of the Shorts 第二書房 1972
『少年たち』 Boys 第二書房 1973
『稚児のメルヘン』 Chigo fairytale 第二書房 1973
『ヒヤシンスの王』 Queer Kings Born of Hyacinth マルス (Mars) 1981
『ゑとらるか : 詩集』 Draw a picture: A poetry anthology 沖積舎 1986
『少年聖歌隊』 Boychoir 東京音楽社 1987
『京土産』 Kyou-miyage 太安堂 1993
『ガニメデ』 Ganymede 銅林社(Dorinsha) 1 Apr. 1994~present
『石山』 Ishiyama 銅林社(Dorinsha) 1996
『ディテール』 Detail 銅林社(Dorinsha) 1999

Chigo Fairytale and inclusion in Barazoku, Japan's first gay magazine

Takeda's works were included in Barazoku, Japan's first gay magazine. According to Bungaku Ito, the creator of Barazoku,

「フィクションの小説、読物なら少年が登場してきても、これは法の対象にはならない。だからぼくは廃刊前の『薔薇族』誌上では、少年の好きな人々への読物をずっと載せ続けてきた。しかし、残念ながら復刊後の『薔薇族』はぼくの主張は通らず、少年愛者向けの読物はまったくない」 ー伊藤文學

"Fictional stories and reading material featuring boys is not against the law. Therefore, before Barazoku stopped being published, I published reading material that boy lovers would enjoy. However, unfortunately for the reissue of Barazoku my requests did not go through, and there is nothing for boy lovers in the reissue." -Bungaku Ito [5]

Where to read

While the books are rare, they may be found at online auctions and many are freely available to those over 18 at the National Diet Library in Japan. Tokyo branch holds the most books, though other books can be found at different branches. Check their catalog at https://ndlopac.ndl.go.jp/ for more information.

Translation segments

Poems from ゑとらるか : 詩集. Translations by Hikari-Again.

LXXXVI:白いくつの少年 I
LXXXVI: The Boy with White Shoes I
The boy with white shoes is a boy who wears a white illusion.
The boy with white shoes listens to the flower-button clock strike a thousand after two.
Oh, the Waterbury Company can make such a beautiful sound.
The boy with white shoes, as a child of the New Media era, carries photographs of Toba and Momoyama.
The boy with white shoes uses a white telephone to call his older brother and talk about a gas leak incident at the housing apartments in Hikarigaoka.
His big brother, filled with inspiration, suggests that the gas might have been pink.
The boy with white shoes' older brother reads a book on new electro-technology on the second floor.

The boy with white shoes out of boredom crosses his feet that were itching to play.
Hey, won't you play with me?
The boy with white shoes received a testimonial from the shop association of Hikarigaoka because his feet were pale boyish pink.
Your boyish feet have been devoted to the development of our association for many years.
The boy with white shoes' father, as the head of the company Alpha, concentrates on a cup-and-ball game. お父さん快適ですか。
Is father happy?
Ah, very happy.
Somewhere within the boy with white shoes' body, a white spring is starting.
In a white spring, Boy Scouts sell stained glass at a charity bazaar.

The Boy with the White Shoes II
No one has taken a good look at the boy with white shoes' white shoes.
There are those who (didn't see because), if bringing their face closer, become drowsy, and the focus of the white shoes becomes blurred. The boy's feet have the lovely scent of Oleaceae flowers, and there are also those who say more than the white shoes, it is from gazing at those childish naked feet.
Some say that the boy's white shoes are made of gold. Others say they're made of crystal glass.
Some say they are made of porcelain from Imari. Some say they are made out of water and then correct themselves by saying meteorite.
Some sort of electricity.
Nay, rather, a type of gas.
Sheepskin leather.
The head of a nightingale.
An elegant linen.

A metallic cross.
God's mercy.
Buddha's virtue.
In short, everyone insists on blatantly lying.
The boy's white shoes, white socks, and flesh-tone feet form a scholastic musical trio.
The dark thighs and remarkable brows of a boy gorgeously crouching looking at violet flowers in the forest trail of Violet Park.
The boy with white shoes' white shorts are like wormwood liquor, just like his father's name card.
Late one spring night, as the cherry blossoms were blooming, a thief broke in to the boy's house and stole the white shoes.
The white thief put in place of the boy's white shoes the stomach of a bird from Okuyugawara and fled.

"The summer of 7 years ago[...] I found a 4th year elementary school student diffusing fresh eroticism and was permitted to take a number of photos." While we were playing his friends mysteriously appeared. "Why take his picture?" I decided to at least answer honestly. "Because he's cute." "Whaat? That kid?!" Somehow his friends were surprised. I must have looked very strange at the school.