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Brocades of the East's Hasty Bout of Love-making After Rain Shower

Richard Lane crowned this the masterpiece of the Azuma nishiki (Brocades of the East) series. Hokusai shows us two lovers preparing for intercourse on the bare ground shortly after a rain shower. One can almost feel the urgency of the encounterĀ evoking a sense of empathy.


The coarse sensuality of the design is alleviated and performed most suggestive by the female’s turning her face humbly away, while at the same time grasping distinctly at her lover’s phallus.

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Intimate encounter on the street‘ (c.1812) from the series ‘Azuma nishiki (Brocades of the East)‘ by Katsushika Hokusai

Open Umbrella

Striking is the girl’s black-lacquered clog that adds a strong touch of contrast to the genitalia. The placement of the open umbrella is also a stroke of genius, isolating the lovers from the outside world.

Richard Lane: “…My own reaction to this stunning print is, at the least – and with a modicum of envy – to wish these passionate lovers the best of luck, in all their future endeavors.”

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Another impression

Click HEREĀ to check out one of the most eccentric plates from the series with an unusual “puppeteer”…!!!

Reference: ‘The Complete Ukiyo-e Shunga (Part 7): Azuma genji (Brocades of the East)‘ by Richard Lane

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