Kuniyoshi's Erotic Ghost Series Featuring Phallus and Vulva-Shaped Demons (P2)
11 July 2017 

Kuniyoshi's Erotic Ghost Series Featuring Phallus and Vulva-Shaped Demons (P2)

Let’s take a look at the second part of Kuniyoshi‘s very entertaining ‘Ghost Stories: Night Procession of the Hundred Demons’ that he designed around 1836.

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Rokurokubi (a long-necked demon)‘, c.1836

Rokurokubi are a popular type of spirit in Japanese folk tales. They look almost completely like humans, with one major difference. There are two types of Rokurokubi: one can stretch their neck and the other is called nukekubi whose heads can come off and fly around freely. In this image the spirit is an actor with a vulva-shaped face who is changing clothes.

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Consoling Pussy of Horse Face Mountain, Sometimes Called Monk Riot (Tsuramayama dôjô-bobo, ichimei Sôdô-bô)‘, c.1836

Kakuju also known as Monk Toba Sôjô taught the young Yoshitsune (aka. Ushiwaka-maru) the art of war at Kuramayama.

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Pillar of Flames (Hi-hashira)‘, c.1836 (Copyright William Pearl)

A burning pillar of phalluses is towering above the houses of the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter (which was repeatedly destroyed by fire).

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Crucifixion of Okoma (Okoma no karitsuke)‘, c.1836

Okoma, who has been sentenced to be executed at Suzu-ga-mori* for the killing of Kizô, her husband, received a pardon after the input of her lover Saiza.

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Octo-pussy of the Nameri River (Numerikawa no bobo-dako)‘, c.1836 (Copyright William Pearl)

The mouth of the Nameri River in Etchû Province was a popular spot to hunt giant octopuses.

Penis Skeleton (Karikkotsu)‘, c.1836 (Copyright William Pearl)

A phallus-shaped skeleton threatens a woman who has come onto a veranda at night.

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Licentious Priest with Angry Pussy (Jinbari nyûdô bobo dokisu)‘, c.1836 (Copyright William Pearl)

A phallus-shaped ghost scares a woman at the graveyard. A swallow with a phallus head comes from his mouth.

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Nailing a Dick Doll at the Hour of the Ox (Ushi no toki mairi mara ningyô o utsu)‘, c.1836 (Copyright William Pearl)

A woman planning to murder a man who had disregarded her was deemed to wear a crown of candles. She also had to go to a shrine at the hour of the ox (about 2 AM), and hammer a straw figure representing the man to sacred tree (similar to a voodoo ritual).

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Pussy Spirit of Kasane (Kasane no bobokon)‘ , c.1836  (Copyright William Pearl)

The mutilated Kasane had been killed by her husband, Yoemon, with a sickle by the Kinu River. The sickle still sticking out of her neck. Every detail in her disfigured face is  phallus or vulva related (ears, eyes and mouth), even the top of her head and hair.

Below I have added pictures of five other pieces. I know of another one featuring a vulva-faced figure who is about to put a giant penis in her mouth of a man lying underneath a mosquito-net.

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Hilarious design portraying the appearance of a winged-spirit with a vulva-shaped face carrying a phallus-shaped baby (reminds me of the film Eraserhead) during heavy rain. The ghost scares the living daylights out of a pilgrim. The latter wears a giant sugegasa (conical hat) to protect against the rain. The foxfire (kitsune) iindicates the presence of a fox spirit.

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Click HERE to check out a design on the similar “torture” theme performed in a kabuki play.

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My personal favorite of this set is the ‘Cunt monk (Tsubi bôzu)‘-design which was featured as the second image in the first article. What is your favorite?

We have got five pieces from this very rare series for sale in our gallery. Click HERE to check them out before they are sold…!!!

Click HERE for part 1 !

Click HERE for a shocking shunga design featuring the rape of a rokurokubi (long-necked demon)…!

* Suzu-ga-mori: A well-known medieval execution ground in Edo.

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.
Michele
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Michele

on 12 March 2019

Japan Supernatural: Exhibition catalogue Image request Dear Marijn I hope you are well. I sent a general request to your website today. Do you have an image file you could supply to us for an exhibition catalogue please? It is the following Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798–1861) Rokurokubi from the series Ghost Stories: Night Procession of the Hundred Demons 1836 -- ( the demon that can stretch its neck) Thanks for your advice on this matter as the matter is quite urgent. Best regards Michelle

Marijn
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Marijn

on 12 March 2019

Thanks for your interest Michele. You are welcome to use the image on our site. Kind regards, Marijn

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