The Covert Libidinous Adventures During the Rice Harvesting
29 juli 2019 
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The Covert Libidinous Adventures During the Rice Harvesting

In the Edo period, one of the driving forces of the economy was the rice production. Rice planting happened (and still happens) in the spring, cultivation in the summer, and harvest in the fall. The Japanese style of rice-growing adjusts its range of procedures according to the flow of the seasons. Rice yields were also a measurement of a lord’s wealth.

As is well known, ukiyo-e (lit. ‘Floating world) and shunga art in particular, are also strongly linked to the seasons (hence its literal translation ‘Spring picture’), and for that reason it was an emphatic part of its imagery.

Below you can check out images that are a fusion of the seasons, rice production and libidinous adventures. They all refer to the rice harvesting and therefore take place during the fall…

Libidinous Adventures

Painting of a ‘Libidinous encounter during the rice harvest‘ (c.1850) by an important Utagawa school artist

During the harvesting of the rice a farmer is having intercourse with a female companion. This painting is inspired by a Keisai Eisen (1790-1848) design entitled ‘Snows of Sano (Sano no yuki)’ from the series ‘A Light Spring Snow (Haru no usuyuki)’ which was issued in 1822. That image features a couple in the snow.

Libidinous Adventures

Intimate encounter during the rice harvest‘ (c.1910/20) by an unknown Taisho era artist

A light-hearted scene between two young sensual laborers with de inserting image showing their prior flirtatious behavior. The sickles are a striking detail.

Libidinous Adventures

Encounter in the rice field‘ (c.1900) by an unknown Meiji artist

During a windy autumn afternoon while the woman leans over a straw. The scarecrow standing in the rice field behind them is an amusing detail.

Libidinous Adventures

A country lad stimulating the private parts of a peasant girl with his fingers. They are both wearing their work clothing hand-covers and leggings.‘ (c.1820s) by Keisai Eisen

Libidinous Adventures

Painting inspired by the previous Eisen print (c.1900)

Libidinous Adventures

An oiran has a secret intimate rendezvous with her lover behind the rice-straws‘ (c.1820s) from the series called ‘Mitsukumi sakazuki‘ (c.1820s) by Keisai Eisen

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Marijn is the founder of 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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