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Secret Encounter Behind a Mosquito-Net From the Willow Storm Series

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Willow storm In this design from the acclaimed oban*-sized ‘Willow Storm‘ series (late 1820s) we witness a male lover stealthily creeping inside a mosquito-net where two sisters sleep. He is careful not to be detected by the younger of the two. This print is actually a variation of a design by Katsukawa Shunsho (1726-1792) from the […]

Neo Shunga Artist Zoe Lacchei: Italian by Birth, Japanese in Spirit

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Tattoo art and shunga are fairly closely intertwined. The search term ‘tattoo shunga‘ in Google Images offers an extensive amount of entertaining examples of this. Upon closer examination, we can see that many contemporary tattoo artists have embraced the aesthetics of ukiyo-e and shunga. A striking example of this, is the highly-skilled Italian Pop-surrealist painter and […]

Magnificent Fold Out Scene by Hokusai’s Son-In-Law

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From the mid-1820s some erotic books also included ‘trick pictures’ (shikake-e), a newness that was not limited to extravagant titles. These trick pictures took two forms. The first consisted of small printed paper flaps pasted onto the printed page to represent doors, screens and the like that, when folded back, revealed what lay behind or within. […]

Shigenobu’s Focus On the Female Genitalia

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A rendezvous between two quarelling lovers. It is close to the style of the Utagawa school, but not quite. The composition is explicitly designed to display the forcefully erect penis and the smallest details of the female genitalia. These details are reminiscent to the popular close-up scenes in shunga books (see Fig.3.). Click HERE for more striking shunga designs […]

The Masterful Portrayal of a Submissive Prostitute Riding on Top

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Japanese shunga image of most probably a craftsman with his new wife riding on top of him. The woman, however, appears formerly to have been a lowly prostitute in an unlicensed pleasure district. This is among the finest prints in the ‘Willow Storm‘ series, with the woman on top dressed after the fashion of the […]

Erotic Ecstasy Illustrated By a Fountain of Semen

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The design that is considered to be one of the best of Shigenobu’s ‘Willow Storm‘ -series according to shunga expert Hayashi Yoshikazu. A sensual couple, depicted at their orgasmic moment, who are almost completely dominating the image.  The height of ecstasy is captured in attractive lines that only Shigenobu could execute. Fountain of Semen The […]

The Geisha Life Is No Bed of Roses

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The following design from the ‘Willow Storm‘-series (late 1820s) by Shigenobu is inspired on the kabuki play Kyogen godairiki koi no fujime*. It depicts the geisha Koman and her client Sasa no Sangobei. True Talent It is the third plate in the series and is the first one that really shows the true talent of […]

Outrageous Masterpiece Portraying a Crazy Chinese Couple

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This is the penultimate, eleventh shunga design of the ‘Willow Storm‘ -series that depicts an outrageous Chinese couple involved in a bizarre “vaginal fluid extraction” ritual. Yanagawa Shigenobu (1787-1833) added funny details like the mustache shaped pubic hair above the woman’s vagina. The oxidation effects throughout the whole design are truly magnificent ! Truly Extreme Ukiyo-e […]

The Sensual Triangular Relationship of Two Sisters and a Servant

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The following design is inspired on the joruri puppet play Itozakura honcho-sodachi. This story tells about the story of the triangular relationship among Ofusa and Koito, the daughters of a thread-maker in Honcho-nichome, and the servant Sashichi. Military Horses According to ukiyo-e expert Hayashi Yoshikazu the print’s composition is unremarkable. Striking is the inclusion of […]

Yanagawa Shigenobu’s Bizarre Masterpiece With a “Southern Barbarian” Couple

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The final (the 12th) plate from Yanagawa Shigenobu (1787-1833)’s ‘Willow Storm‘-series (late 1820s) is an emulation of the trendy copper etchings of the time. It shows a scene from the boudoir of a “Southern Barbarian” (European). Unrivaled Not even the great Hokusai (1760-1849) ever created a print like this one. In fact, there is not […]

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