Introducing many original drawings by Kitamura, this book also contains knowledge about Fudo Myo-o, esoteric Buddhism and their history. The worship of Fudo Myo-o was very popular in Edo period Japan, a time when tattooing was booming, and widely practiced beyond religious boundaries. Fudo Myo-o in tattooing is usually not for the purpose of worship, but for personal protection or prayer. Fudo Myo-o continues to be a popular and exciting tattoo motif, in Japan and all over the world.
This is a unique book and the first of its kind in English.