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Young Male Lover Whispers in the Ear of his Secret Lover with the Tsunokakushi

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The woman’s hat (tsunokakushi) is an indication that the scene (Plate 5) is taking place at a shrine. In the Edo period they were used for temple visits but since the Meiji period (1868–1912), the tsunokakushi has come to be associated with Japanese marriage rites. Secret Tryst In this case the image implies the visit is a pretext for a covert […]

Two Young Lesbians Go Wild With Their Newly Acquired Sex Toy

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This unrecorded print is surely one of the great ukiyo-e lesbian designs. It predates by around a dozen years, the famous image of the same subject by Chokyosai Eiri from the series ‘Fumi no kiyogaki (Models of Calligraphy)‘, issued in 1801. Sex Toy Two young courtesans experiment with a papier-maché harigata (artificial phallus). The girl […]

Chokyosai Eiri’s Famous Portrayal of A Horny Dutchman

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The following oban plate is among the most celebrated shunga designs in ukiyo-e history and is the first tableau of Chõkyõsai Eiri’s acclaimed Models of Calligraphy-series, which was published  New Year 1801. Dutch Captain Through the window of a brothel in Nagasaki we spy a Dutch captain having sex with a Japanese courtesan. Incense burns in […]

The Plumb Plebeian Maidservant and Her Secret Affair

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In this sequence of articles comparing Utamaro’s shunga (春画) masterpiece Utamakura (c.1788) that inpired some of the designs from Chokyosai Eiri’s excellent Fumi no kiyogaki (c.1801) series we have arrived at Plate 11… Corpulent Plate 11 features a plump older couple have sex on the floor; the woman pulls a blanket over the man. There some debate […]

Violent Rape Executed By Hairy Old Man

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The most shocking design from both the series Utamakura and Fumi no kiyogaki by Utamaro and Eiri are the ones depicted below. Let’s take a closer at these extraordinary examples of rape art… Violence A young woman tries to fight off a hairy older male who is raping her. She defends herself by biting in […]

Reckless Japanese Street Hooker and Lusty Client

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Although the Utamaro scene below only loosely inspired Eiri‘s scene with the protagonists in both designs sporting similar style headdresses, the composition, the posture and the location all vary. While Utamaro’s scene takes place on a cheerful autumn afternoon the atmosphere in Eiri’s design more gloomy. Breast A couple making love beneath a sakura cherry tree in […]

Passionate Mature Couple After a Budhhist Memorial Service

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Shunga (春画) design featuring an older couple makes love near an open veranda (Plate 7). Next to them on the floor sits a sake set on a tray with sakazuki sake cups and a chōshi sake decanter on it.  These details suggest that the scene follows a Budhhist memorial service. Tensed Toes The woman’s eyebrows are shaved, indicating a married woman, […]

The Sensuous Get-Together of a Paramour and Her Secret Lover

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For today’s design we’ll examine Plate 6 from Utamaro‘s (喜多川 歌麿) Utamakura (c.1788) and look on how it inspired Chokyosai Eiri Plate 11 from his Fumi no kiyogaki series (c.1801). Protrude A young male makes love on the floor to his paramour. The female sticks out her tongue towards the mouth of the man. He has his head […]

Eiri’s Masterful Ode to Utamaro’s Praised Erotic Masterpiece

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The all too long neglected Chokyosai Eiri (鳥橋斎 栄里 act. ca. 1789-1801) created his masterpiece of shunga art ‘Fumi no kiyogaki (Models of Calligraphy)‘ at the New Year’s of the year 1801. It consists of thirteen, instead of the usual twelve plates, and was heavily inspired on Utamaro‘s ‘Utamakura (Poem of the Pillow)‘ dated 1788. […]

Eiri’s Erotic Masterpiece of a Lesbian Couple with Harigata

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This compelling erotic design by Chokyosai Eiri (c.1789-1801) depicting ‘lesbian love‘ is from one of the most daring sets of oban-size shunga known. The first edition includes thirteen instead of the traditional twelve designs. Sex scenes between woman are rare in shunga. Harigata As reported by Dr. Richard Lane, this female-female sex scene is sometimes excluded […]

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