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Maneemon in the Silkworm Room Observing a Superstitious Girl

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The following print shows us a naked patriarch who observes a man pushing his female lover to the ground and spreading her legs in order to have a quickie in the silk room of a farmhouse. The miniature man, Maneemon* (the recurring figure in this Harunobu series) crawls towards the couple to get a better […]

The Horny Maneemon Spying On a Homosexual Couple and Angry Pregnant Woman (P2)

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In part 1 we accompanied Maneemon on his erotic adventure in which he spied on a homoerotic couple. In this article we’ll dig a bit deeper and explore the homosexual culture of Japan at that time. At the end we’ll have a look at a previous experience (panel) in which Maneemon encounters an adulturous male, his young […]

The Horny Maneemon Spying On a Homosexual Couple and Angry Pregnant Woman (P1)

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A superb gay shunga scene from Harunobu‘s ‘Elegant Horny Maneemon’ series. Maneemon (aka. ‘Imitation man’) is a character that appears in all twenty-four designs (two sets of twelve) of the series. He spies on intimate couples and sometimes emulates them in his own characteristically humorous and affecting way. The above panel features homosexual love (nanshoku) with a young boy […]

Young Female Student Experiences a Classical #MeToo Moment

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On his journeys examining the secrets of the art of love-making, Maneemon first goes to the ‘Islands of Virgins’. In this second plate of the series ‘The Fashionable Horny Maneemon‘ we see for the first time the effect of the drink Osen and Ofuji gave Maneemon, that caused him to shrink to minuscule proportions. Calligraphy […]

The Handsome Horse Handler With Young Girl on Horseback

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Harunobu’s sequel of prints from his ‘The Fashionable Horny Maneemon’-series (24 in total!) tells the story of the Edoite Ukiyonosuke. The name Ukiyonosuke is clearly a pun on ukiyo (‘floating world’), as in Ukiyo-e. Secret Knowledge Something of a city slicker, Ukiyonosuke one day he stumbles upon a shrine and starts praying that the secret knowledge of […]

The Irresistible Offer of the Horny Rice God Inari

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This is the sixth plate from Harunobu’s extensive series ‘The Fashionable Horny Maneemon‘ (1770). It was issued in two sets of twelve by the well-known publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi. For this shunga masterpiece Harunobu teamed up with the author Komatsuya Sanemon Hyakki (Komatsuken). Shrunken Observer The tableaux feature the adventures of Maneemon, the bewitched Edoite Ukiyonosuke who […]

14 Sensual Encounters Behind Mosquito-Netting Available in Our Gallery

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In the mise-en-scène of the shunga idiom the different seasons could be conveyed for instance by the snow in the background, seasonal clothing, popular festivals, specific flowers, an incense burner would indicate summer and a kotatsu (heated table) winter. Mosquito-netting Mosquito-netting emphasized the hottest days of summer. They were often ingeniously incorporated in the composition and were a […]

The Magnificent Shunga Collection of the Controversial Aubrey Beardsley

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The exclusive and direct impact of shunga on the artists in Britain during the second half of the 19th Century was limited to only a few painters and illustrators. One of them was the “genius of the grotesque”, and the most important representative of the Decadent art in England, Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). Beardsley was famous […]

Who Were the Favorite Beauties of Suzuki Harunobu?

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This the first plate of Harunobu’s famous The Lusty Maneemon series (c.1768) introducing the character Maneemon who plays a central role in all 24 designs. Here he is seen in a kneeling pose, before his transformation, while two beauties standing on a white cloud descend from heaven floating in front of him. Magic Brew The […]

The Painful Moxa Treatment as Depicted in Shunga

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The painting and the print below show us the rare depiction of moxa treatment. Moxa, or young, dried mugwort, is applied while burning to a person’s body as a form of medical treatment. These treatments are sometimes very hurtful and their effect can be compared with acupuncture. Burning moxa was also used to remove tattoos. […]

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