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Burlesque Gay Scene With Two Stand-up Comedians By Kyosai

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A truly amazing surimono design by the shunga genius Kyõsai. In the foreground a Lion Dancer (a huge festival mask still on his back!) is having sex with a woman while behind them two male manzai performers (stand-up comedians) also engage in sex. Lion Dances and manzai were both performed at the New Year. Antique Japanese color woodblock Kawanabe […]

First Month Of The Humorous Series Hana Goyomi by Kawanabe Kyosai

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Kyosai’s series ‘Hana-goyomi (Flower Calendar) is a delightful set of twelve koban (small-format) prints serving, as the title suggests, as a monthly calendar. During the Edo period the year was divided into twelve lunar months, some having thirty days (dai or long months) and others having twenty-nine days (sho or short months). The length of a given month […]

The Secret Lesbian Encounters in Ukiyo-e Shunga

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Pictures of lesbians were also popular in shunga (although they are very rare!). The depicted women are usually shown using a special dildo (harigata), composed like a double-sided phallus. Although I have seen pictures in which a woman was wearing a mask (see the second print in the video below!) of a male kabuki actor, […]

Spectacular Erotic Fantasy Scene of the Deities Orihime and Hikoboshi

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The following dazzling erotic image refers to Tanabata (Evening of the seventh aka. Star Festival). This Japanese festival emerged from the Chinese Festival Qixi. The Deities Orihime and Hikoboshi It celebrates the reunion of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi who are symbolized by the stars Vega and Altair. It is believed that the Milky Way […]

Migita Toshihide’s Copy of Kunisada’s Erotic Candlestick Design

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In the previous article we explored the Kunisada series ‘A True-life Devoted Genji’  (c.1851) which included a erotic design featuring Ashikaga Yoshimitsu making love holding a candlestick see (Fig.2.). Today we look at the ode to this design Migita Toshihide (1862-1925). The Meiji artist Toshihide who was a pupil of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) and got his […]

Enchanting Shunga Images With a Touch of Winter Magic (P2)

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In part 1 we had a look at designs by Keisai Eisen and Isoda Koryusai. Now we’ll proceed with another one by Eisen that is inspired on ‘Fujiwara no Teika on horseback‘, a trendy topic among ukiyo-e artists, and a more uninviting image that takes place at the graveyard designed by Koikowa Shozan. The title […]

Tomioka Eisen And His Two Solo Masturbating Women

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We have added a shunga piece to our collection from the well-known Meiji artist Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905) featuring a solo girl giving herself sexual pleasure while reading a book (Fig.1.). Act of Masturbation The print is a preface page of the concertina album Yakumo no chigiri (Poetic Interlude), a twelve-sheet, aiban formatted work dating to around 1897-1899. […]

Betty Woodman Inspired By an Ancient Shunga Master

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A while ago I sold a series of nice shunga pieces to a New York art collector and avid shunga devotee. He recently told me a fulfilling story about how he took a slew of the prints he purchased from us over to a befriended artist he visited. They looked through at least 50 works, before […]

Erotic Fantasies of Sensuous Nurses During the Sino-Japanese War

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The first Sino-Japanese war (1 August 1894 – 17 April 1895) introduced a new character of erotic fantasy to the stage: the nurse. This was a professional woman whose job it was to touch men, sometimes intimately. She also had access to, and sometimes power over the male body. Photographic Postcards Nurses were portrayed in frontispiece […]

The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife and Its Influence on Tentacle Erotica

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The previous translations published on the internet of one of the most coveted erotic prints called ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ (蛸と海女) were not completely accurate. Below you can find the definitive translation and more background info on this shunga masterpiece… Hokusai‘s ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ became one of the most celebrated of all […]

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