The Summer of Love was a social phenomenon that occurred during the summer of 1967, when as many as 100,000 people converged on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, initiating a major cultural and political shift. Although hippies also gathered in major cities across the U.S., Canada and Europe, San Francisco remained the epicenter of the social earthquake which would come to be known as the Hippie Revolution. Like its sister enclave of Greenwich Village, the city became even more of a melting pot of politics, music, drugs, creativity, and the total lack of sexual and social inhibition than it already was. As the hippiecounterculture movement came farther and farther forward into public awareness, the activities centered therein became a defining moment of the 1960s, causing numerous “ordinary citizens” to begin questioning everything and anything about them and their environment as a result.
Nobuyoshi Araki published “Sentimental Journey”, a book of pictures of his wife taken during their honeymoon. When she died a few years later, the Japanese photographer thought that those pictures were the most beautiful present he could ever had.