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Voyeurs, Homoerotic Encounters and Ugly Rapists in Shunga

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Voyeuristic The vast majority of sexual liaisons portrayed in shunga are heterosexual. Of these, it appears that favorite scenarios were voyeuristic in nature, with both male and female voyeurs often masturbating or involved in sex with one or more partners. Compositions generally depict a man enjoying the company of any number of women. A woman […]

Yashima Gakutei or Hokusai? Who Designed These Amazing Shunga Books?

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In the past the mesmerizing erotic book set called ‘Kurawa no tanoshimi ‘ (c.1820s) has been attributed to several artists such as Hokusai’s daughter Katsushika Ōi (c.1800-c.1866), Hokusai’s talented son-in-law Yanagawa Shigenobu (1787-1832) and one of the most refined surimono * designers in the history of ukiyo-e and pupil of Hokusai, Yashima Gakutei ( 1786-1868) **. Hokusai Himself Personally, I […]

Ishikawa Toyonobu and His View on Nanshoku Adventures in the 1700s

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Ishikawa Toyonobu (1711-1785) was an eminent ukiyo-e painter, print artist and illustrator. Toyonobu owed as much to Masanobu as he did to his teacher Shigenaga (or Shigenobu-Toyonobu’s relation to Shigenobu is discussed under that artist). In the cold detachment of his female figures there is something of the Kaigetsudo manner. Sexless Following the lead of […]

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, […]

The Art of Anal Intercourse Between Heterosexual Couples

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Apart from the homosexual theme, the images in shunga depicting anal penetration are scarce. I have examined my whole library on shunga, consisting of dozens of books, but haven’t found any specific info on male-female penetrative anal intercourse in ancient Japan. It probably wasn’t a taboo among the Japanese, as homoerotic intercourse was also considered […]

The Kagema: The Irrepressible Temptation of a Young Male Prostitute

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Imagine that a child actor like Macauly Culkin would have lived in the Japan of the Edo period (1603-1868). The change would have been great that he would be part of the kagema. These were young male kabuki actors (wakashû, who were in the middle adolescence stage), who were still in training, and often remained […]

The Nanshoku Shunga of the Award Winning Scientist Brian Coppola

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The award winning* scientist Brian Coppola, probably one of our earliest clients, is mainly focused on collecting nanshoku (男色, gay related images within shunga). In the interview we had last week, he explains what intrigued him about this particular subject, cartoons, street art, his favorite pieces and artists, and the intersection of his profession and the […]

The Scarce Erotic Art by the Osaka Artist Goshichi

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On the internet little information is shared on the Osaka artist Harukawa Goshichi (b.1776-). Wikipedia only mentions that he was a pupil of Harukawa Eizan (not to be confused with the Edo artist Kikugawa Eizan) who was active in the 1790s. Portraits of Actors Goshichi was born in Koishikawa in Edo (now Tokyo), and lived […]

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 […]

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