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Kuniyoshi’s Erotic Parody on Eight Views of Ōmi Hakkei

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The word ‘Ōmi ‘ as used in the Kuniyoshi series ‘Eight Views of Lake Biwa (Ōmi  hakkei)‘, literally means ‘to meet and look’, hence the alternative title ‘Eight Views of Dating‘. But it has also the underlying meaning of a sexual encounter between lovers. Eight Views of Ōmi Simultaneously, ‘Eight Views of Ōmi ‘ induces the accepted subject in […]

The Erotic Pictures From Kuniyoshi’s Masterful Shunshoku Irifune Chô

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Although I dived deep into my shunga library (which lacks very few books on the subject) and also thoroughly researched the internet about the ehon (book) below, I unfortunately could not find much background information about it. Pseudonym What I was able to find out is that the series is called ‘Shunshoku irifune chô (The Ship […]

The Sensual Board Game Sugoroku by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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Tsukushi matsufuji no shiragami is an erotic parody of the kabuki play Karukaya (Dōshin tsukushi no Iezuto). It was first performed in the eighteenth century in Osaka and later revived, making its debut in Edo at the Kawarazaki Theatre in 1830. The play was an overwhelming success. Kai Means Vulva The plates of the shunga […]

Kobayashi Asahina’s Comical Sensuality As Seen By Kuniyoshi

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Kobayashi Asahina (aka. Asahina Yoshihide or Asahina Saburo) was a mythical warrior of the Kamakura period (late 12th to early 13th century) known for his great tenacity and boldness. His mother was the famous Tomoe Gozen, a late twelfth-century female samurai warrior (onna-bugeisha). Vendetta Asahina’s feats include a descent to Hades, as well as assisting […]

Sensual Kuniyoshi Print With Secret Encounter In a Restaurant

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The famous Utagawa school artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) was a fruitful designer of erotica. His work was made to the most painstaking standards of color-printing, and his focus was more on the lives of ordinary townspeople. A Thousand Chores A nice example of this is the four page fold-out design below that takes place in […]

Rare Complete Erotic Book Series by Kuniyoshi Revealing the Pleasure Quarter Secrets

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Below you can find all the color illustrations of a rare ehon (book) series entitled ‘Women for One Night (Karine no yume)‘, issued c.1836. In this series the artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi takes us on a journey through the Yoshiwara and shows us this dynamic world including all the complicated interaction between the geisha and their […]

Kuniyoshi For Sale: Relentless Sex in a Peaceful Surrounding

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This oban-sized plate is from a rare series called Enseki zasshi (c.1833) attributed to Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) that features all kinds of distinguishing designs Strong-Willed It portrays an alluring scene with a large strong-willed male wearing a black kimono wetting his fingers by spitting on it before he penetrates the enticed female passenger.    He is being […]

Sex During Housekeeping As Seen By the Cat Lover Kuniyoshi

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In the majority of cases the sexual act depicted in shunga take place in the bedroom, either in a private house, an inn or a brothel. But there is also a great diversity of locations. Sex While Cooking For example, the Kuniyoshi design below from his Chinpen shinkeibai series shows the intimate couple in the kitchen […]

Kuniyoshi’s Suikoden Hero Having Sex With Exotic Lady

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The extraordinary ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) is most famous for his Suikoden Heroes. You can find two exciting examples of this subject below… An acclaimed shunga design portraying the famous Suikoden hero Tanmeijiro Genshogo (in Chinese Ruan Xiaowu) who is having intercourse with the queen of the Island of Women while holding an opponent in an […]

Kuniyoshi Makes A Low Bow to Utamaro

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The erotic designs below by consecutively Utamaro and Kuniyoshi are groundbreaking works within shunga. The first design is constantly from Utamaro’s ‘Ehon kiku no tsuyu (Picture -book: Dew on the Chrysanthemums)‘ from 1786 and the subsequent design is an interpretation by Kuniyoshi as displayed in his famous ‘Edo Brocades, The Eastern Library‘ that was issued in […]

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