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Marijn Kruijff
05/04/2023
6 min
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Flowers with Abundant Benefits (Hana Ikada) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

05/04/2023
6 min
0

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hana ikada book covers

Fig.1. Book cover of Hana ikda (Flowers with Abundant Benefits, aka. Flower Raft). (1835)

Powerful Depictions

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) is considered as one of the four leading ukiyo-e artists of the late edo period, alongside Hokusai (1760-1849), Kunisada (1786-1865) and Hiroshige (1797-1858). Whereas Kunisada and Hiroshige dominated the market for actor prints (kabuki-e) and landscape prints respectively, Kuniyoshi was renowned for his powerful depictions of legendary warriors.

Thirty-three Books

He also produced numerous designs of comic subjects, and was versed at misleading the censorship regulations at the time. Like Kunisada, Kuniyoshi was also prolific in his illustrations for erotic novels, designing an estimated total of some thirty-three books over three decades.

Cats

Well known as a cat-lover, Kuniyoshi created numerous prints that feature cats or include them in the background. In his erotica, too, he included a cat washing or snoozing as its owners indulge in amorous pursuits, providing a sign of domesticity as well as a token of his own high regard for these animals. The cats so featured were most likely drawn from his own beloved pets, in particular the white Japanese Bobtail with large black spots.

Absent

Contrary to the previous comments, the cats are almost completely absent (only in this design that also appears in Hana-goyomi) in his work Hana ikada that was published in three volumes in 1836. The four-page text with which it opens and the commentaries within the pictures were supplied by Koshoku Gaishi (also known as Hanagasa Bunkyo) and Adano Sanjin (an as yet unidentified author).

Cat-yoshi

The artist's name is not given explicitly, but signatures seen on screen paintings within the pictures read 'Ichimyokai Nekoyoshi', one of Kuniyoshi's favored pseudonyms for erotica. The name sounds like a genuine artist's pen name, but in fact means 'Feline-owning Cat-yoshi', attesting to his unbounded love for these animals.

Straining Bodies

The illustrations are printed with opulent colors, and the settings are richly furnished. Much of the love-making is filled with energy and urgency, the bodies straining against each other.

hana ikada kuniyoshi standing courtesan

Fig.2.

hana ikada kuniyoshi standing courtesan detail

Fig.2a.

hana ikada shunga Kuniyoshi

Fig.3.

hana ikada shunga Kuniyoshi detail

Fig.3a.

hana ikada reluctant  courtesan with client

Fig.4.

hana ikada reluctant  courtesan with client detail

Fig.4a.

hana ikada flower raft

Fig.5.

hana ikada flower raft detail

Fig.5a.

hana ikada completely nude couple making love

Fig.6.

hana ikada completely nude couple making love detail

Fig.6a.

hana ikada Kuniyoshi lovers caressing each other

Fig.7.

hana ikada Kuniyoshi lovers caressing each other detail

Fig.7a.

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Sources: Shunga, Erotic Art in Japan by Rosina Buckland, harashobo.com,

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