The Sex Adventures of Three Castaways on the Isle of Women (P2)
4 October 2017 

The Sex Adventures of Three Castaways on the Isle of Women (P2)

In the first part we examined the Chinese and Buddhist sources that inspired Kunimaro’s shunga book series ‘A Treasure Ship Embarking at the Island of Women’.

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Fig.1. ‘The Queen inspects the penises of the three sailors‘ (c.1848-54) from the series ‘A Treasure Ship Embarking at the Isle of Women (Nyogo no shima takara no irifune)‘ (* )

Unsuccessful Revolt

Another source implied by the title of Kunimaro’s book is the puppet play The Isle of Women from the Tale of the Heike (Heike nyogo no shima). It is written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725) and was first performed in the year 1719. This play was inspired by a historical event known as the Shishigatani Incident, in which three men were extradited after an unsuccessful revolt in 1171 against the military leader Taira no Kiyomori (1118-1181).

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Fig.2. ‘Two sailors having sex with two beauties. The female in the back is the Queen‘ (c.1848-54) from the series ‘A Treasure Ship Embarking at the Isle of Women (Nyogo no shima takara no irifune)

Demon Realm

In the play, Naritsune, an attendant from the conspicuous Fujiwara family, together with another attendant Yasuyori, and the monk Shunkan, find their way to a certain Isle of the Demon Realm (an unidentified island), where Naritsune meets and marries the female protagonist Chidori.

Immortalized

In Kunimaro’s eroticized version, the three male protagonists have been remodeled into a playboy, a craftsman, and an incompetent doctor. Chidori becomes an “immortalized” monarch partially inspired on the Chinese deity Xi wangmu (Mother of the West).

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Fig,3. ‘Naritsune fingering Queen Chidori‘ (c.1848-54) from the series ‘A Treasure Ship Embarking at the Isle of Women (Nyogo no shima takara no irifune)

Penis Inspection

In the first illustration above (Fig.1.) the three men have arrived on the island and are presented to the female monarch, who inspects their erect penises. The following scenes (Fig.2 and 3) show Naritsune and Chidori in several sexual adventures, while at the same his fellow countrymen invite other women from Chidori’s following.

*Painting inspired on Kunimaro’s print:

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Fig.4. Painting of  ‘the three sailors undergoing a penis inspection’ (c.1880)

In the final third part we’ll take a look at the influence on the interiors in the designs and conclude with an exciting video including all the double-plated images!

About the author
Marijn is the founder of shungagallery.com. With more than 20 years of experience within the sensual and erotic art of shunga he is an authority in the genre. During this time he served many customers with complementing their art collection.
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