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Nanshoku Art: The Sensual Moment of a Gay Samurai and a Young Boy

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A middle-aged samurai sharing an intimate moment with a young boy in an interior setting. As I mentioned in earlier posts homosexuality was not uncommon in Japan and depictions of this ‘male-male intercourse’ (nanshoku) occured regularly in shunga as well. Like the many girls in the pleasure quarters, boys could also be bought for sex. […]

The Revealing Translation of a Sensual “Gay” Encounter

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Below you can find the translation* of this Kunisada design that features a homoerotic liaison between a wakashu-kabuki actor and an older lover. The tableau is from his ‘Ehon koi no kaguya‘ series that was issued c.1827. Added are both the English and Kanji text. At the end of this post you can find a revealing […]

Which Metaphor Is Represented By These Gay Soldiers?

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In the catalogue of the British Museum this image has been aptly described as ‘Buggering the Russian’. Both protagonists are infantry soldiers (the Russian has a rifle with a bayonet) of respectively the Japanese and Russian army. Pointed Nose The Russian soldier has the characteristic features as seen by the Japanese, with a pointed nose, […]

Gay Rendezvous Between Buddhist Monk and Temple Page

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The young boy depicted here is a so called temple page (‘chigo‘ or ‘terakosho‘ ), they were available to monks, who were regarded without censure as among the most avid adherents to the so called ‘Way of the Youth‘. As often with male-male depictions in Japanese shunga, one of the depicted persons – taking the […]

The Violent Japanese Gay Art By Goh Mishima

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Goh Mishima (born in 1924 as Tsuyoshi Yoshida), born in Yokosuka, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, was an artist and a popular figure within the gay community of Tokyo for his contributions to gay rights and Japanese gay art. In his youth he attends the traditional Japanese schools and when he is 18 he is drafted for […]

Rare Gay Shunga With a Gracious Prostitute and Ugly Client

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The exquisite gay shunga below is plate 8 from Yanagawa Shigenobu*(1787-1833)’s masterpiece ‘Willow Storm (Yanaga no urushi)‘ that was published in the late 1820s. It portrays a kabuki wakashu (a young boy prostitute, also known as iroko) who is being bought for the evening. This type of subject matter is uncommon even in shunga (and even […]

The Elegant Transformation of a Heterosexual Into a Gay Couple

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Recently I discovered two chuban-sized shunga designs created by Kikugawa Eizan (1787- 1867) that are from the same blocks but feature two various couples. With two small adjustments he transforms the couples from a heterosexual into a homosexual one. An example that shows the force of the minimalism used in ukiyo-e. Let’s have a look at […]

Enthralling Video Including Sensual Gay Scroll Paintings

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The video below features a delicately refined shunga scroll portraying the adventures of an adolescent boy and girl who undergo various intimate stages exploring his sexual identity. The erotic encounters take place in various settings with different persons. Monk The paintings show people of all walks of life such as a Buddhist monk (Fig.4.), samurai […]

The Dramatic Gay Encounter of the Tragic Hisamatsu

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This scene displaying a tragic gay encounter comes from Utamaro‘s series (Michiyuki) koi no futozao (1802). The work is based on dramatized tales (based on true stories) of ‘fated lovers’ who commit double ‘love’ suicide. The stories developed into a line of dramas for the theatre called shinju mono (double-suicide plays). Anal Penetration An older man […]

Burlesque Gay Scene With Two Stand-up Comedians By Kyosai

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A truly amazing surimono design by the shunga genius Kyõsai. In the foreground a Lion Dancer (a huge festival mask still on his back!) is having sex with a woman while behind them two male manzai performers (stand-up comedians) also engage in sex. Lion Dances and manzai were both performed at the New Year. Antique Japanese color woodblock Kawanabe […]

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