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1 May 2019 

Nanshoku Art: The Sensual Moment of a Gay Samurai and a Young Boy

A middle-aged samurai sharing an intimate moment with a young boy in an interior setting. As I mentioned in earlier posts homosexuality was not uncommon in Japan and depictions of this ‘male-male intercourse’ (nanshoku) occured regularly in shunga as well. Like the many girls in the pleasure quarters, boys could also be bought for sex.

A mature samurai takes advantage of an adolescent boy by taking him from behind.

Gay encounter between a samurai and an adolescent boy‘ (c.1770-71) from an untitled series by Isoda Koryusai

Wisteria

The sliding doors facing the veranda are open, and a pine tree and wisteria can be seen in the garden, as can a hollow tree trunk which serves as water basin. The presence of wisteria is an indication of spring. A low writing table with books and a small flower arrangement on it have been included in the background, with the man’s sword in the background.

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Source:  ‘Japanese erotic prints: Shunga by Harunobu & Koryusai‘ by Inge Klompmakers

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.
Guy
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Guy

on 3 May 2019

You are correct. However the term and concept of “homosexuality” as understood in western culture was not the same. Bisexual would be more accurate. And I see this even now in Japan.

Marijn
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Marijn

on 3 May 2019

Thanks a lot for your insights, Guy!

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