A tanzaku-e sized set of two prints from a set of twelve luxuriously-printed designs with explicit designs and their accompanying prints depicting a more modest image. The text on the right print is either a dialogue between the two protagonists or a commentary on the left print.
In this case the left print portrays an affectionate couple performing mutual masturbation in a dreamlike setting. An American lantern stands in the background. The right print depicts a discreet image with additional Japanese text which is the actual dialogue between the couple in the left image.
Let’s take a look at the translation of this dialogue below the picture:
Bed dialogue (with American lantern):
Man: “The light is totally different from the light of candles or floor lamps: it’s just brighter and our “game” gets more interesting. I see your and my “thing” much clearer. It’s great.”
Woman: “I think it’s too bright, I am ashamed.”
Man: “It seems like I am involved with an American lady.”
Kunisada’s competitor Keisai Eisen (1790-1848) designed a similar design in a horizontal perspective: