Reckless Japanese Street Hooker and Lusty Client
23 augustus 2017 
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Reckless Japanese Street Hooker and Lusty Client

Although the Utamaro scene below only loosely inspired Eiri‘s scene with the protagonists in both designs sporting similar style headdresses, the composition, the posture and the location all vary. While Utamaro‘s scene takes place on a cheerful autumn afternoon the atmosphere in Eiri’s design more gloomy.

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Plate 8 from Utamaro´s ‘Utamakura (Poem of the Pillow)‘ published in 1788

Breast

A couple making love beneath a sakura cherry tree in bloom. The woman is dressed as a courtesan. The man has put his right hand in her kimono caressing one of her breasts.

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Plate 8 from Eiri’s ‘Fumi no kiyogaki (Models of Calligraphy)‘ published in 1801

Shock

For the insider who is familiar with Edo (former Tokyo) life, the above scene by Eiri may come as something of a shock. We are suddenly tossed from the exalted world of the court ladies (click here) to the bottom of Edo society.

Here we find a fair yotaka (“night-hawk”/ streetwalker) accommodating a lusty client in a lumberyard by the bank of the Sumida River. This is the very world of lower-class pleasure which Eiri so successfully envisioned in his non-shunga prints.

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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