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12 Courtesans in the Role of Acrobatic Firemen by Kuniyoshi

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The following set of erotic prints is designed by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) and is issued c.1830-35. It consists of twelve koban prints with twelve half-naked women performing acrobatics on a ladder. Placed in groups of six, the twelve numbered sheets are a parody of similar depictions of firefighters performing daredevil stunts. Water Vessel The inscriptions […]

The Hot 1850s: Western Pornographic Daguerreotypes in Times of Shozan and Kuniyoshi

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During the last twenty years of the Edo period, while classic shunga still prospered in Japan, there was a time of daguerreotype photography in Europe. This technology, invented by Louis Daguerre in 1839 lied in the usage of polished silver-plated coppers, which became sensitive to the light after had been treated with iodine vapor. Then […]

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 […]

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