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22 November 2017 

The Amusing Japanese Erotic Cartoons of Terazaki Kogyo

When Japan opened its doors during the Meiji period (1868-1912) and allowed foreigners to enter the country profound changes and innovations came with them. This was particularly noticeable in the artistic styles, clothes, machines, vehicles and trains, weapons, electricity, etc., that all found their way into the art of shunga.

Army Officers and Doctors

The most obvious features were the influence of Western artistic styles, the use of imported bright chemical colours and the chromolitograph technique (Kogyo’s specialty), that replaced the soft, natural colours of the Edo period. The men depicted were no longer samurai or kabuki actors, but army officers or doctors. The courtesans were often replaced by hospital nurses and educated women from good, well-off homes.

Mustaches and Beards

Another clear innovation is in the styles of clothing. The depicted people are still clothed, with the women often still wearing the traditional kimono (sometimes with Western ornaments), but men can be seen in Western suits and hairstyles, and sometimes sporting mustaches and beards, according to the fashions of the time in Europe and America.

Many of the attributes described above can be noticed in the prints below that are attributed to the artist Terazaki Kogyo (1866-1919). Each design has been divided in three seperate images starting the story with the above right image. Kogyo and other Meiji artists already experimented including one inserted image that showed the previous activities leading up to the final erotic exchange. Actually these were the first Japanese erotic cartoons

Japanese erotic cartoons

A wealthy merchant wearing a striking mustache is enjoying himself with his lover.

japanese erotic cartoons

An erotic encounter in a bathhouse.

Japanese erotic cartoons

A courtesan and a client on a pleasure boat. The second image (left above) shows an aroused boatman who spies upon the love-making couple inside the boat.

Japanese erotic cartoons

A young girl is observing the sensual encounter in the other room.

Japanese erotic cartoons

A young couple in the early phase of their relationship still exploring each other.

Japanese erotic cartoons

A rickshaw is making love to his “female freight”.

Japanese erotic cartoons

A hairy intruder has inserted the bedroom of a sleeping woman and has overpowered her.

japanese erotic cartoons

Coffee, tea or me…

Click HERE┬áto discover another striking Japanese erotic cartoon by Kogyo involving a train…!!!

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