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The Bloody Pictures of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (NFTS)

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Between 1866 and 1868, the sublime Meiji artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) created a set of very disturbed and disquieting designs. The most sadistic of these bloody pictures (muzan-e) are to be found in a series called ‘Eimei nijuhasshuku (Twenty-eight Famous Murders with verse)‘. He coproduced it with Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904). Decapitation These prints were a […]

The Violent Universum of Yoshitoshi and Kuniyoshi

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In the previous article the cannibalistic serial-killer The Hag of the Lonely House was introduced. She chased travellers, in particular pregnant women. In the story The Hag uses her beautiful daughter to attract strangers with the single purpose to kill them. Unfortunately for her things don’t work out because the daughter falls in love with one of […]

Yoshitoshi’s Shocking Picture of the Serial Killer The Hag

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Today let’s take a closer look at one of the more subversive and influential art pieces of the Meiji era (1868-1912) produced by the legendary Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892). The design that for instance had a major impact on the start of the kinbaku (bondage art) art of Seiu Ito (1882-1961). Kitchen Knife In a solitary shack in […]

Suehiro Maruo: Freaks, Ocular Fixation and the Erotic Grotesque

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Suehiro Maruo (1956) is one of the most important representatives of the Ero Guro movement. Ero what? Well, it is a rebellious artistic genre that mixes erotica with components of the macabre and grotesque. Hence, it’s other name ‘Erotico-grotesque’. It spans a variety of art forms including literature, movies and painting, often referring to stories that […]

Takeuchi Keishu: Never-Before-Seen Images of His Rare Erotic Masterpiece

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Before we’ll examine one of the best shunga works produced at the end of the nineteenth century, let’s take a closer look at the designer of this late erotic masterpiece, Takeuchi Keishu (1861-1942). Who was he? Yoshitoshi Keishū was born in Edo (nowadays Tokyo) in 1861. The second son of a feudal underling of the […]

The Sensuality of Captive Women in Dire Situations

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The prints below embody a limited, but favorite subgroup of Japanese erotica that portrayed defenseless, enslaved, or captive women. They are coveted and sought by specific collectors because for this specific area of interest there aren’t many subjects. A fascinating representation of Edo era sexuality. Tip Of His Sword Violent scene with a samurai assaulting […]

Discover the Hilarious Laughing Pictures in Shunga

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Images that depict sexual activity have mainly been called shunga since the Meiji period. This means that the term is only about 150 years old. When the term appeared in a text, the Chinese characters that were used for the word usually had a phonetic luster in Japanese writing (kana) translating warai-e (laughing pictures). Foolish […]

8 Sensational Ukiyo-e Images of Passionate Ama Divers

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Females and female beauty are among the most beloved subjects of art in general in history. This was also the case in Japan during the Edo period (1600-1868) and for the images from ‘the floating world’ as displayed in their ukiyo-e art. Bare Upper Bodies A favorite sub-genre within the female subject, for Japanese artists […]

Interview With the Former Tattoo Artist Senju Horimatsu (P2)

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Welcome back to the second part (click here for part 1) of the entertaining interview with former tattoo artist Senju Horimatsu (check out his encounter with the ghost)… 7) I love two of your more recent works called ‘Musei’ and ‘Gyokumori’. They have this lovely meditative feel about them.  Is there a specific reason why […]

Yosaburo and Otomi, a Famous and Tragic Love Story

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In Kunisada’s design (Fig.1), the young man on the left is Yosaburo, a petty criminal, who had once dared to have an affair with Otomi (on the right), a gangster’s mistress. When the gangster got wind of the affair, Otomi vanished and was thought to have drowned herself. She survived as she was rescued by […]

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