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19 October 2017 

The Sensual Triangular Relationship of Two Sisters and a Servant

The following design is inspired on the joruri puppet play Itozakura honcho-sodachi. This story tells about the story of the triangular relationship among Ofusa and Koito, the daughters of a thread-maker in Honcho-nichome, and the servant Sashichi.

Military Horses

According to ukiyo-e expert Hayashi Yoshikazu the print’s composition is unremarkable. Striking is the inclusion of military horses on the screen. This could indicate that this print was published at New Year’s in a Year of the Horse, which would date it to Bunsei 5 (1822).

Threesome‘ (late 1820s) Plate 6 from the series ‘Willow Storm (yanagi no arushi)‘ by Yanagawa Shigenobu (1787-1833)

Older Ofusa

Some readers may be worried about the consequences of the relationship of this threesome because it involves two sisters, but one should not worry. After many a quarrel the older Ofusa became Sashichi’s principle wife and Koito his concubine, and they enjoyed themselves very much. A conventional Edo (nowadays Tokyo) love story, where worries won’t get you anywhere.

Click HERE for descriptions of more appealing designs from the ‘Willow Storm‘ -series!

Source: Vol.4 of ‘Teihon ukiyo-e shunga mrihin shusei (The Complete Ukiyo-e Shunga), 1997′ by Hayashi Yoshikazu

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Marijn is the founder of shungagallery.com. With more then 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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