Kobayashi Asahina’s Comical Sensuality As Seen By Kuniyoshi
Marijn Kruijff
03/17/2019
7 min
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Kobayashi Asahina's Comical Sensuality As Seen By Kuniyoshi

03/17/2019
7 min
0

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The Actor Asahina Travelling Through Strange Countries‘ (c.1830/40) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Vendetta

Asahina’s feats include a descent to Hades, as well as assisting the Soga brothers in their vendetta. Although he was a popular subject in Japanese art and literature, scholars and historians are not sure whether he really existed.

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Asahina fighting off two crocodiles on the sea-shoreYori-iye from a rock. (Kamakura Shogun Yori-iye-kyo Kotsubo-no-hama ni ryosen)‘ (early 1849) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Monkey Makeup

Asahina was also one of the favorite topics of the artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, whose triptychs he often adorned (see images above). In the erotic prints below Kuniyoshi portrays him in a humorous manner, more as a clownish kabuki character, with flared sideburns and bizarre make-up called saruguma (‘monkey makeup’).

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An incompetent Asahina is encouraged by his partner‘ (c.1830) from the series ‘Shima asobi‘’ by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)

Impotent Asahina

An impotent Asahina is seduced by a lascivious woman. She is massaging his flaccid penis using her left foot while grabbing his arm. In contrast an older foreign (probably Siam or Indian) couple is passionately making love in the background.

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Close up of Asahina

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Amused Asahina and young boy‘ (c.1830)

Daruma’s Nose

To the amusement of Asahina a young foreign (probably Indian) boy sticks his erect penis through a folding-screen depicting Daruma. Daruma’s nose now has been replaced by the young man’s private parts. Asahina wears a beautiful kimono patterned with a circular crane motif and branches.

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Asahina is entertaining himself with four female beauties‘ (c.1830)

Four Women

Kobayashi Asahina involved in a liaison with four women. This design has also inspired later pupils of Kuniyoshi.

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Asahina viewing wild party‘ (c.1830)

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