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The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife and Its Influence on Tentacle Erotica

The previous translations published on the internet of one of the most coveted erotic prints called ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ (蛸と海女) were not completely accurate. Below you can find the definitive translation and more background info on this shunga masterpiece…

the dream of the fisherman´s wife

Fig.1. ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife (c.1814)’ from the series ‘Young Pine Saplings (Kinoe no komatsu)‘ by Katsushika Hokusai (Sold)

Hokusai‘s ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ became one of the most celebrated of all Japanese erotic prints partly by Edmond de Goncourt who wrote in his influential book ‘Hokousai‘:

“In these albums we find this frightful image: on rocks green with seaweed lies a naked body of a woman, swooning with rapture, sicut cadaver, such that we know not if she is alive or has drowned, and an immense octopus, its dreadful pupils the shape of black quarter-moons, sucks her nether regions, while a smaller octopus greedily feasts upon her mouth.”

The Most Complete Translation of the Text in The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife:

Octopus: “Wondering when to do the abduction, but today is the day. At least she’s captured. Even so, this is a plump, good pussy. A greater delicacy than even a potato. Saa, saa, sucking to complete satisfaction, then take her to be imprisoned  in the Dragons King Palace.

Sounds: “Zuu, zubu, zubu, chu!, chu! chu! Zuu, zuu! Fu, fu, fu, fu!

Diver: “This hateful octopus, fu, fu, fu, fu…rather, aa, aa..sucking on the surface of the inner mouth of my womb until I’m breathless, aa, eee, I’m coming! By that projecting mouth. By that projecting mouth the open vagina is teased. Oh! Oh! Are, are… What to do? Aa, yoo, oo, oo, oo, ooo, aaree, oo, oo good, oo, good, good, good, haa, aa, good, good, haa, good, fu, fu, fuu, fuu. Again! Yoo, yoo, yoo, yoo. Until now, although people have called me aa, fu, fu, fu, fuu, fuu, fuu…Octopus! Oo, fu, fuu, fuu. Why, why? Ee, ee, this, yo, yo, yo, saadeha, aa, aa, aa!

Sounds: “Zuu, zuu, zuu, zuu, hicha, hicha, gucha, gucha, pichchu, chu, chu, chu, guu, guu, zuu, zuu.

Octopus: “Say! How about the feelings of being entwined by eight legs?”

Commentary: “Juices are flowing like hot water. Nura, nura, nura, doku, doku, doku.”

Diver: “Ee, moo. I’m becoming ticklish, zo, zo…One after another until I lose track, fu, fu, fuu, fuu, limits and boundaries are gone oo, oo, oo, I’ve arrived, aa, aa, are, are, there, there, uu, mu, mu, mu, fumu, fumu, uuu, I’m coming! I’m coming!

Small octopus: “After my parent is finished, I too will use my projecting mouth to rub from her clitoris to her ass until [she] loses conciousness, and then I’ll do it again, chu, chu.”

hokusai octopus

Fig.2. ‘Octopus and ama diver‘ (c.1781) from the series ‘Yokyoku iro bangumi (Programme of Erotic Noh Plays)‘ by Kitao Shigemasa

Far-fetched Fantasy

In the catalogue of the British Museum Hayakawa Monta (professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies) comments on “The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife” the following:

“This is the shunga image by Hokusai that has always fascinated people the most. Dragging a diving woman into a cleft between two rocks a large octopus is taking its pleasure, using almost all of its eight legs to coil around and play with her arms, legs and nipple.

A second, smaller octopus simultaneously ‘kisses’ her on the mouth. For all that this is an image of far-fetched fantasy, with its powerfully volumetric forms and brilliant colouring, it nonetheless gives the vivid sensation that we are direct witnesses of the scene, as the tentacles seem to slither and writhe before our gaze.

diver and octopuses - shuncho

Fig.3. The print that inspired Hokusai “Octopus” design entitled ‘Diver and Octopuses‘ (c.1786) from the series ‘Picture Book: Lust of Many Women on One Thousand Nights (Ehon chiyo-dameshi)‘ by Katsukawa Shuncho (act. ca. 1783 to 1795)

Corpse

The diving woman who gives up her body for the octopus to have its way may at first appear ‘lifeless, like a corpse’ (as Edmond de Goncourt wrote); but in fact she has all but lost conciousness with the pleasure that the creature is giving her. This is abundantly clear from her arched back, her tight grip on the tentacles, and her long sighs, cries and exclamations that fill the dialogue text surrounding them.

Ama diver with angy octopus - shunsho - abuna-e

Fig.4. ‘Octopus and ama (abalone) diver‘ (c.1773) by Katsukawa Shunsho

Diver Who Stole a Jewel

[…] The idea for the pairing of octopus and diving woman was not original to Hokusai. Some thirty years earlier the artist Kitao Shigemasa (1739-1820) drew a similar combination (see Fig.2.) in his erotic book ‘Yokyoku iro bangumi (Programme of Erotic Noh Plays)’, where the context was the ancient Taishokan tale of the diver who stole a jewel from the Dragon King’s Palace at the bottom of the sea.

Hokusai’s fellow pupil in the Katsukawa school, Katsukawa Shuncho, also depicted a diving woman having sex with an octopus (see Fig.3.) among rocks on the shore in ‘Ehon chiyo-dameshi (Erotic Book: Lusts of Many Women on One Thousand Nights)‘ of 1786.

Even before that, Suzuki Harunobu (d. 1770) and Katsukawa Shunsho (d. 1792; Fig.4.) had both designed so-called ‘risqué pictures’ (abuna-e) – images that titillating but not explicit – on the theme.”

film on Hokusai 'Edo Porn'

Still photo of the film ‘Edo Porn‘ (1981)

Movie clip of ‘The Octopus scene‘ from ‘Hokusai Manga (aka. Edo Porn)‘, 1981. Directed by Kaneto Shindô.

Click here for a translation of Hokusai’s “Horny Widow” shunga design!

The following exciting video features some other interesting designs on the Octopus theme:

Mijn film 2 (Octopuses)

After its release Hokusai’s famous ama diver design has inspired many artists over time. Below you can find some exciting examples:

the dream of the fisherman's wife print for sale

Remake of ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ (2018) by Yuuya Shimoi (You can order it here!)

ama with octopuses by James Jean

Ama‘ (2016) by the Taiwanese/American artist James Jean (1979)

octopus with tied female and roses by Giuseppe Petrilli

Animalz #7‘ by Giuseppe Petrilli (1970)

illustration of green octopus and nude females by Angus McBride

Illustration from the magazine Mayfair‘s 1975 edition by Angus McBride

etching the dream of the fisherman's wife

Etching of ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ by seriykotik1970

gay variation with red octopus by Naomichi Okutsu

Gay variation by the Japanese artist Naomichi Okutsu (title and date unknown)

the dream of the fisherman's wife with great wave by Lisa Riordon

The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ by Lisa Riordon

ama diver and octopus from the book the secret garden by Marie Makowski

Ama diver and octopus‘ by Marie Makowski

pink octopus performing cunnilingus on ama diver

At the beach a giant octopus is performing cunnilingus on an ama diver ‘ (c.1860) by a member of the Utagawa school

jeans with pink octopus and ama diver with Great Wave

animation movie - la petitie mort - the little death by Jennifer Linton

Segment from the acclaimed animation movie ‘La Petitie Mort (The Little Death)‘ by Carla Veldman and Jennifer Linton (1968)

triptych with females and octopuses by Yuji Moriguchi

Yuji Moriguchi

two cartoons with The Dream of the Fisherman's Daughter by Tenugui

Cartoon ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Daughter‘ by Tenugui

8 horny maidens with one octopus by Yuji Moriguchi

Yuji Moriguchi

gay art with young male and octopus

Octopus Illustration by Jean de Villiot -

Print with Octopus Illustration by Jean de Villiot – Parisienne et Peaux-Rouges Le Kraken

A Lovely Garland - female with knife fighting a gian octopus by Kuniyoshi

A Lovely Garland’ (Tamakazura): Tamatori-ama‘ (1845–46) from the series ‘Scenes amid Genji Clouds Matched with Ukiyo-e Pictures (Genji-gumo ukiyo e-awase)‘ by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

triptych with ama divers and octopuses by Chikanbou

Ama divers and octopuses‘ (c.1880) by Toyohara Chikanobu (1838-1912)

'Tamatori-hime - Dragon King and his retainers and a giant octopus' 'Shizu no ama otome Daishokan' by Kuniyoshi

Tamatori-hime being pursued through the waves by the Dragon King and his retainers and a giant octopus‘ (c.1848) from the series ‘Shizu no ama otome Daishokan‘ by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)

tattoo art of the dream of the fisherman's wife by Brooke Steele

Dream of the Fishermans Wife‘ by Tattoo artist Brooke Steele

red octopus with geisha by Fabio Barboni

Dream state’  (2009) by Fabio Barboni

Painting with Octopus and shell diver by Kobayashi Eitaku

Octopus and shell diver‘ (c.1870s) by Kobayashi Eitaku (1843-1890)

hentai art with a red octopus and blue-haired girl

Hentai version of Hokusai’s iconic image

tattoo of a blue yellow speckled octopus performing cunnilingus on a corpulent female

Tattoo design of a blue yellow speckled octopus performing cunnilingus on a corpulent female

Octopus with phallus tentacles

Octopus with phallus tentacles

tattooed female with orange octopus by Randy Hall

Ryõshi no tsuma no yume‘ by Randy Hall

octopus and two females on round plate by fernando bellver

Octopus and two females‘ by Fernando Bellver (1954)

female surrounded by octopus tentacles - red sky by Tristan Elwell

Painting by Tristan Elwell

figurines from Hokusai's the dream of the fisherman's wife

Figurine displaying an interpretation of ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife (with Hokusai’s The Great Wave in the background)’ by Adam Salacious Rib

Octopus and woman shell diver by Tsubaki Anna

Octopus and woman shell diver‘ by Tsubaki Anna

sensual purple octopus on the back of an ama diver

octopus performing cunnilingus on a pearl diver with knife

An octopus performing cunnilingus on a pearl (ama) diver ‘ (c.1900) from the series ‘Shunshoku Hanakoyomi‘ by an unknown Meiji artist. The Japanese characters refer to the month July (Fumizuki – 文月, “Month of Erudition”)

Vector redrawing of the dream of the fisherman's wife by Dyna Moe

Vector redrawing of Dream of the Fishermans Wife by Dyna Moe

hentai art featuring The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife

Hentai version of The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife by HENTAI_IRL

cover of Weird Tales by Rowena Morrill

The Unknown Five (cover of Weird Tales) depicting a ‘Mutated octopus attacking woman‘ (2009) by Rowena Morrill

Tentacle Hentai porn 'Double penetration' pink octopus

Tentacle Hentai porn ‘Double penetration

Surrealistic painting with nude female in the water with octopus tentacles by Daria Petrilli

Surrealistic painting by Daria Petrilli (1970)

purple tentacles touching aroused nude female - tenta time

octopus with hearts and young girl by Somefield

Image by Somefield

Sumi-e drawing 'Inspired by Hokusai's The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife' (2019) by Gabackokorabac

Sumi-e drawing inspired by ‘Hokusai’s The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ (2019) by Gabackokorabac

white female in a Japanese kimono embraced by tentacles and with red sun in the sky Takoyaki

Takoyaki Inspired by japanese illustrator, Takako Yamamoto & Yuji Moriguchi

crossbreeding - s.f. porn -alien octopus with ama diver

Crossbreeding‘ by beytaro_0912

black and white painting of the dream of the fisherman's wife by pink-porcupine

The dream of the fisherman’s wife‘ (2013) by pink-porcupine

the dream of the fisherman's wie

A female abalone diver wrestling with an octopus‘ (c.1870s) by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

Boy Diver and Octopuses or The Dream of the Fisherman's Husband by Nikita Sho

Boy Diver and Octopuses or The Dream of the Fisherman’s Husband‘ by Nikita Sho

sketch with young girl suckling the tentacle of an octopus

Sketch by Maryam Gohar

octopuses caressing an attractive boy - gay - broken samurai sword

gay variation on the dream of the fisherman's wife - pop art

Another gay variation by an unknown artist

Japanese erotic print octopus making love to mermaid

‘Octopus making love to a mermaid’ (c.1830) attrib. to Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)

pin up girl lying on a giant black octopus by Somefield

Octopus painting by Somefield

octopuses sucking on the back of a nude girl by Daikichi Amano

Octopuses and women‘ from the book ‘Human Nature‘ (2010) by Daikichi Amano

senusal mermaid with giant octopus by Michael Cottage

The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ by Michael Cottage

sweaty octopus and pin up girl behind screen with silhouettes

octopus embracing nude long-haired nude girl by Maria B.M.

The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ (2019) by Maria B.M

computer game of The Dream of the Octorok's Wife

The Dream of the Octorok’s Wife

book cover erotic novella the dream of the fisherman's wife by Krissy Kneen

Erotic novella ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife: Triptych 2‘ by Krissy Kneen

angry octopus with nude female on sofa by Ernesto Jorge Ferriol Perez

Triple Attack Hokusai XL 008‘  (2008) by Ernesto Jorge Ferriol Perez

carving with Dreams of the fisherman's wives by I Made Cekeg

Dreams of the Fishermen’s Wives‘ by the Indonesian artist I Made Cekeg (1964-) (Private collection)

hemtai image depicting a fusion of Hokusai's the great wave and the dream of the fisherman´s wife

picture of an octopus girl with octopus on her head from Human Nature by Daikichi Amano

Octopus girl‘ from the book ‘Human Nature‘ (2010) by Daikichi Amano

the dream of the fisherman's wife - orange octopus with diver by Mike Dorsey

The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife Print‘ by Mike Dorsey Tattoo

tied tattooed girl on the beach with a black octopus by Mike Dorsey

The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife Print‘ by Mike Dorsey Tattoo

The Fishermans Wife‘ (2019) by Mike Dorsey

illustration Mars attacks meets Hokusai with brainy alien and ufo's by Zug art

Mars attacks meets Hokusai’ by Zug Art

Silkscreen print '<em>A Perfect Lover, a woman and an octopus on the beach in the moonlight (after Hokusai by Joost Veerkamp

Silkscreen print ‘A Perfect Lover, a woman and an octopus on the beach (after Hokusai)‘ (1997) by Joost Veerkamp

orange octopus fondling a nude geisha in the waves by Naoko Matsuda

Tattoo design by Naoko Matsuda

red octopus with geisha heads

Hokusai exposed (Re-Create)‘ (2013)

animation inspired by Hokusai's the dream of the fisherman's wife

painting of an octopus and shell diver in the style of Kobayashi Eitaku

Octopus and shell diver‘ (c.1870s) in the style of Kobayashi Eitaku

Tattoo design of Hokusai Octopus print by Stagnio

Tattoo design by Stagnio

modern variation on the dream of the fisherman's wife

the dream of the fisherman's wife by Paulo Javier

The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ (2018) by Paulo Javier

acrylic gouache the dream of the fisherman's wife by Sisyu - colorful octopus

Iron, acrylic gouache on canvas ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ (2018) by Sisyu

painting with sensual female accompanied by two octopuses by Elly Smallwood

Oil on canvas ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ (2016) by Elly Smallwood

photograph with orange octopus and orgasmic nude female by Shazycrit

Suck attack‘ (2018) by Shazycrit

photograph with sensual girl and tentacles

Tank Girl Reloaded‘ (2018) by Shazycrit

female surfer and giant octopus (Jaws) by Andy Fairhurst

Female surfer and octopus‘ by Andy Fairhurst

painting with Octopus And Ama Diver from the Meiji era

Painting. Ink and color on silk ‘Octopus And Ama Diver‘ (c.1900) by an unknown Meiji artist

octopuses in bubbles with female in a fishnet dress at sea by Judith Schaechter

Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife(2004) by Judith Schaechter

triptych stained glass window with floating octopuses with female in a fishnet dress at sea by Judith Schaechter

Stained glass window ‘Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ (2004) by J. Schaechter

sketch by Muhamed Kafedžić of Hokusai The dream of fisherman's wife

Sketch of ‘Ama and Octopus after Hokusai‘ by Muhamed Kafedžić – Muha

painting with a new fantasy of Hokusai's The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife by Muhamed Kafedžić – Muha

Fnished painting of ‘Ama and Octopus after Hokusai‘ by Muhamed Kafedžić – Muha

mural design with black female figures in the waves with red octopus

Mural design for Gama Gallery in Mexico City

Nude female on the beach with an octopus and three tengu demons and Great Wave

Hokusai’s Great Waves of Ecstasy‘ by Timothy White

Girl with octopus by Daikichi Amano

Girl with octopus‘ by Daikichi Amano – From the book ‘Human Nature’  (2010)

black and white drawing of Japanese girl and funny octopus

From the ‘Squids and Octopus‘ series (2011) by Neoteny

One Hundred Girls And One Hundred Octopuses by Zak Smith

From the series ‘One Hundred Girls And One Hundred Octopuses‘ by Zak Smith

painting with pink pigment of the Dream of the Fisherman's wife by Penny Siopis

Ambush‘ (2008) by Penny Siopis

octopus holding parts of a mannequin by Sergio Teran

Woodblock print ‘The Octopus’s Wife‘ (2012) by Sergio Teran

Intimate octopus and ama diver in the surf by Hokusai pupil

Intimate octopus and ama diver in the surf‘ (late 1810s) by a pupil of Hokusai

3D version of The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife

3D version of ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ on Widewalls.ch

B&W picture of the dream of the fisherman's wife After Hokusai

The Dream of The Fisherman’s Wife, After Hokusai‘ (2009)

sleeping nude girl surrounded by tentacles by Mme S

Octopus N°36‘ (2017) by’ Mme S

long horizontal painting with octopus caressing a nude women by Arjan Winkelaar

An uncertain animal aspiring to an empty gesture‘ (2018) by Arjan Winkelaar

dancing nude female with towering octopus behind her

Tentacles‘ by Ellie Grey

giant red octopus caressing the boobs and vulva of a smoking pin-up girl

Pin up girl sitting on an octopus by Katie Dutch

Over Thinking – Octopus Lady‘ by Katie Dutch

nude female with long hair and a venus rose with red octopus

Giant pink octopus wearing a crown peeking underneath the dress of a female sailor

nude seducing girl with glowing octopus

The Visitor‘ by Pete Tapang

Tattooed Japanese girl in the waves embracing a giant octopus

shoes portraying Hokusai's the dream of the fisherman's wife

Aroused nude female surrounded by numerous tentacles by Adriano de Vinsentiis

Adriano de Vinsentiis

koban print Octopus wearing a head-scarf copulating with an ama diver by Kunisada II

Koban sized print featuring ‘Octopus wearing a head-scarf copulating with an ama diver‘ (c.1855) from the series: ‘Shunkyo karami-dako (Spring Games: Grappling Octopus)‘ by Utagawa Kunisada II (1823-1880)

tattooed bearded male with two octopuses - aquaman by Inannani

Hokusai x Aquaman‘ (2019) by Inannani

painting after Scarfed Octopus and ama diver by Kunisada II

Shunga painting after Kunisada II with ‘Octopus and ama diver‘ (c.1860)

b&W tattoo design with octopus and horny female by Hiten Damodar

The Fisherman’s Wife‘ by Hiten Damodar

photograph with a modern variation of the dream of the fisherman's wife nude female embracing octopus by Hajime Satawari

Photograph with a modern visual translation of The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife by Hajime Satawari

A gigantic octopus is performing cunnilingus on an awabi diver using its beak‘

A gigantic octopus is performing cunnilingus on an awabi diver using its beak‘ (c.1920)

hentai version of the dream of the fisherman's wife with orange octopus and Western lady

Dream of the Fisherman’s Floozy‘ by WolfStudiosArt

The Giant Member Fuji versus King Gidora by Makoto Aida

The Giant Member Fuji versus King Gidora‘ (1993) by Makoto Aida

painting with gold tentacles and nude girl

Painted by Rebecca Leveille-Guay

tattooed arm with purple octopus and nude girl

Tattoo design by Jimmy Gobeil

Tattoo inspired by ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ by Nicholas F. Chandrawienata

Redux of ‘the dream of the fishermans wife‘ by Franvolio

The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ by Emily Perozzo

daguerreotype b&w picture with nude girl on sofa embraced by giant tentacle Ode to the Fisherman's Wife by Shane Balkowitsch

‘”Ode to the Fisherman’s Wife” (2017) by Shane Balkowitsch

manga hentai with girl bunny head and giant purple octopus

Class Destroyer‘ by Erotibot

girl with sword fighting octopus in the waves

Cover for a soundtrack of a manga movie

octopus by Hajime Sorayama

Octopus‘ (1994) by Hajime Sorayama

Ode to Hokusai's the dream of the fisherman's wife by Ashley Wood

Interpretation of Hokusai’s design (2008) by the Australian comic book artist Ashley Wood

painting inspired by Hokusai's octopus design mid 19th century

Japanese shunga painting inspired by Hokusai’s octopus design (mid 19th century)

tattoo of A Young geisha and her octopus lover

Tattoo featuring ‘A Young geisha and her octopus lover’ by Lenka Cechura

three pics of tattoos with octopus and naked female

Picasso's drawing inspired by Hokusai's the dream of the fisherman´s wife

Drawing by Picasso

nude Asian girl laying on her belly with blue octopus performing cunnilingus

painting with sensual girl and octopus and white flowers by Kojima Ayami

Octopus‘ by Kojima Ayami

the dream of the fisherman's wife

Kraken‘ by Pigo Lin

Octopus assaulting boatsman by Kuniyoshi

Octopus assaulting boatsman‘ (c.1847) from an important album of 26 original sumi shijo-style drawings by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) (Richard Kruml)

harpoon girl with angry octopus by Serge Birault

Harpoon girl ‘ by Serge Birault

tattooed Japanese girl embracing sensual octopus

Tentacle love from the secret garden book by Apollonia Saintclair

Tentacle love‘ by Apollonia Saintclair

Hokusai's octopus fondling two nude males - gay art

Another gay version of Hokusai’s design: “Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife

Female Bangle bracelet silver cuff Shunga Japanese Fable Hokusai the Dream of the Fisherman's Wife

Female Bangle bracelet silver cuff – Shunga Japanese Fable Hokusai the Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife

Hentai image with Kitsune girl and three octopuses

Hentai image with a young girl (looks like a kitsune) and three octopi by Jaster K.

t-shirt with b&w illustration of the dream of the fisherman's wife

Black t-shirt  FISHERMAN’S WIFE

color photograph with nude Japanese girl and octopus by Kazan Yamamoto

Girl and octopus‘ (2016) by the photographer Kazan Yamamoto

Sarah and the Octopus/ Seventh Heaven by Masami Teraoka

Sarah and the Octopus/ Seventh Heaven‘ (2002) by Masami Teraoka

female surrounded by condoms and octopus by Masami Teraoka

Watercolor on paper,  ‘Eight Condom Fantasy‘ (1992) from the  ‘New Wave Series‘ by Masami Teraoka

Pearl diver and octopus in the sea by Masami Teraoka

Pearl diver and octopus‘ (1986) from the ‘New Wave‘ series by Masami Teraoka

Sarah and writhing octopus from the New Wave series by Masami Teraoka

Sarah and writhing octopus‘ (1992) from the ‘New Wave‘ series by Masami Teraoka

Sarah and dream octopus by Masami Teraoka

Sarah and dream octopus‘ (1992) from the ‘New Wave‘ series by Masami Teraoka

Tattooed woman Tattooed Woman at Kaneoche Bay I by Masami Teraoka

Tattooed woman Tattooed Woman at Kaneoche Bay I ‘(1984) from the ‘Wave series‘ by Masami Teraoka

Tattooed woman and octopus by Hiroshi Hirakawa

Tattooed woman and octopus‘ by Hiroshi Hirakawa

Mermaid and octopuses by Hiroshi Hirakawa

Mermaid and octopus‘ by Hiroshi Hirakawa

Octopus mandala - Eight Maidens by Yuji Moriguchi

Detail of a painting called ‘Octopus mandala – Eight Maidens‘ by Yuji Moriguchi

the dream of the fisherman's wife

The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ (2009) by Loannis Kapoulas

child drawing of the the dream of the fisherman's wife

“Child” drawing of The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife

sculpture of the dream of the fisherman's wife

Sculpture by Mushibuchi

Life-size statue of the dream of the fisherman´s wife

Life-size statue of the the dream of the fisherman's wife in the open-air

Amusing Japanese commercial from the 1980s targeting housewives:

 

pre-production of the remake of the dream of the fisherman's wife

Pre-production of the 2018 remake of ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ by Yuuya Shimoi (Click here to obtain this rare piece!)

At the moment we are offering a nice opportunity to obtain a genuine woodblock print remake of ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ print. Click HERE for more info….!!

Do you also share the fascination for Hokusai’s ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife’ image? What is your favorite artwork depicted in this article? 

Sources: ‘Erotic Japonisme, the Influence of Japanese Sexual Imagery on Western Art‘ by Ricard Bru.
Shunga, Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art‘ (Edited by Timothy Clark, C. Andrew Gerstle…etc.)

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Sebastien B.

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Sebastien B.

on 11 June 2018

Exceptional!...So much researches, and very good findings! Amazing Picasso picture, never seen before! Really Congratulations to You, Marijn

Marijn

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Marijn

on 17 September 2019

Thanks a lot Sebastien!

Peter

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Peter

on 11 June 2018

I like the presentation of Bellver.Its elegant

Marijn

By

Marijn

on 17 September 2019

Thanks Peter. Yes, Bellver's pieces offer an original take on the shunga genre!

Stephen

By

Stephen

on 11 June 2018

See also, Museu Picasso de Barcelona, "Secret Images: Picasso and the Japanese Erotic Print" (2010) and Danielle Talerico, "Intepreting Sexual Imagery in Japanese Prints: A Fresh Approach to Holusai's 'Diver and Two Octopi'" (Impressions, #23, 2001).

Marijn

By

Marijn

on 17 September 2019

Thanks for adding this source Stephen. It's indeed a great book...highly recommended!

James R. Holland

By

James R. Holland

on 1 April 2019

I was almost late to an appointment with our CPA about our income taxes, but the Octopi adventures were a perfect distraction. Thanks for the sea adventure.

Marijn

By

Marijn

on 1 April 2019

I am glad that I have been able to offer some pleasant distraction James!

Alan

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Alan

on 1 April 2019

All I can say is “WOW!!” What a comprehensive listing.....superb job, Marijn....kudos!

Marijn

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Marijn

on 1 April 2019

Thanks a lot Alan. Hokusai's inspiration is so great that it will be a neverending list.....!!

Bill Z.

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Bill Z.

on 1 April 2019

What creativity!

Marijn

By

Marijn

on 1 April 2019

Thanks Bill!

Inima

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Inima

on 12 September 2019

Best birthday gift! (I receive this newsletter august 9 my bday!)

Marijn

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Marijn

on 13 September 2019

Thanks Inima, I am pleased you enjoy our eBook and newsletter. Another nice birthday gift would be a nice remake of The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife. You can check it out in our gallery shop...!!

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