Guy: Miki Maya and Kishin Shinoyama

July 6, 2023

In Japan, countless actresses have published photo books, and similarly, many famous photographers have accepted such commissions. As a widely popular cultural product, the photo book “Guy,” featuring Takarazuka Revue’s Miki Maya (真矢みき) and renowned Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama, still manages to stand out and become a coveted collectible.

For the photographer, it might be a familiar task, but the ample budget, unique outdoor locations, and Miki Maya’s unrestrained “performance” in front of the camera still give this photo book a textbook-like reference value.

For Miki Maya, however, this photo book represents a significant milestone in her life. Since her debut, she has always played male roles, but in a groundbreaking move, she appears here in both male and female identities. Her past performances were mostly on stage, but this shoot, like a movie set, showcases her unique charm in the tropical cities of Southeast Asia.

After leaving the Takarazuka Revue, she entered the world of TV dramas under the name Miki Maya(真矢ミキ), making many efforts, but most importantly, relearning how to be a woman. As a result, this photo book represents a completely parallel universe for her.

In fact, the more you know about Miki Maya, the more enjoyable this photo book becomes.