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The Iconic Kinoe No Komatsu Series by Katsushika Hokusai

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Kinoe no Komatsu (Pining for Love) marks a turning point in Hokusai‘s career in which he intensified and reached a high level of quality in his erotic albums. His depiction of the human figure changed radically, acquiring a fuller, more opulent and fleshier form, expressing a vigorous, powerful sensuality. Hokusai‘s attention and care for the smallest […]

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 […]

A Shocking Shunga Design Featuring a Raping Falconer

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The disquieting erotic image by Isoda Koryusai (1735-1790) that we’ll discuss today is from a set of twelve chuban (mid-size format) designs called ‘Prosperous Flowers of the Elegant Twelve Seasons (Furyu juniki no eika)‘ published around 1772-73. An aggressive shunga scene showing the rape of a young girl. A falconer forces the girl down to the […]

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 […]

Shock Shunga with Brigand Overpowering and Raping a Scary Beauty

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The rude man in the foreground in this Kitagawa Utamaro design is a bandit. He was going to commit a robbery on the mountain trail but changed his mind. Instead he begins to rape the lady because of her beauty. The man in the background is an incompetent vassal. He has turned his tail and […]

The Malicious Monk and His Bewitching Phallus

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Until recently this series was attributed to Katsushika Hokusai‘s daughter Ōi (c.1800-1866) but on closer inspection it’s almost certain that it was drawn by the master himself. The Japanese title for the series is ‘Kurawa no tanoshimi‘ and it was published in the early 1820s. Power Hungry The male figure depicted in this shunga design […]

Utamaro and His Sensual Shunga Art

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Of all Japanese artists, and perhaps all Asian artists after Hokusai, Utamaro is possibly the best known in the West. To a great extent he owes his reputation to Edmond de Goncourt’s biography, the celebrated pioneering work Utamaro: le peintre des maisons vertes (Utamaro: Painter of the Green Houses), published in Paris in 1891. Hedonistic […]

The Gods of Intercourse: Hokusai’s Anti-Confucian Message

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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) produced The Gods of Intercourse (Manpuku wagojin) in 1821. It was his last contribution to shunga in book form. The erotic genre to which he had devoted so much energy during the ten years of his Taito period. Hokusai seems to have introduced a kind of reversed, anti-Confucian morality with this last series. Erotic Tale […]

Voyeurs, Homoerotic Encounters and Ugly Rapists in Shunga

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Voyeuristic The vast majority of sexual liaisons portrayed in shunga are heterosexual. Of these, it appears that favorite scenarios were voyeuristic in nature, with both male and female voyeurs often masturbating or involved in sex with one or more partners. Compositions generally depict a man enjoying the company of any number of women. A woman […]

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