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Three Influential Designs from Twelve Bouts on the Way of Sensuality

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Koryusai’s large oban series ‘Twelve Bouts on the Way of Sensuality‘ (c.1775-77) is famous for its designs in which the figures almost fill the entire image and the introduction of the portrayal of larger genitalia. Bolder In comparison with earlier Koryusai series the figures are bolder and more robust and the size of their bodies […]

Must See: Important Shunga Booklet Set by Suzuki Harunobu

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This erotic booklet set entitled ‘Enshoku Tamatsubaki‘ (c.1760) by the great ukiyo-e innovator Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) shows a lot of designs that were decisive to the artist’s later shunga work and to his pupil Isoda Koryusai (1735-1790). Ingenious Way Harunobu uses the long narrow format of the designs in an ingenious way, often connecting the illustrated pages. The […]

10 Shunga Gems By an Important Member of the Utagawa School

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Although the set of koban-sized prints below is incomplete (it lacks two designs and the presentation folder) it is still appealing due to the charming designs and proficient printing techniques such as karazuri (blind printing or gauffrage), and gold and silver pigments. The artist is unknown but must be a prominent member of the Utagawa school […]

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

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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. […]

The Sensual Dialogue Between a Young Couple and the Chrysanthemums

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Many couples in shunga select “dangerous” places for their secret rendezvous, and are anxious of being caught. The veranda which wrapped around traditional architecture is one such locale. The energetic thrust of the young man’s love-making here pushes the woman back into the room, and she braces herself on the door. Surging Waves The surging […]

Bathhouse Gossip: What Is the Seductive Girl in the Centre Saying to the Boy Behind Her?

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A print showing five people in a scene full of sensuality. The attention of the viewer is drawn to the seated girl in the centre, Ohachi, and the young man sensually massaging her back. They are observed with impudent gazes by the older man and the woman, dressed in a light cotton robe, who is […]

The Popular Sumo Wrestlers in Sensual Encounters

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Shunga was an art form intended for a wide audience and therefore dealt with themes that would appeal to many, and for this reason sumo certainly could not be missed. The origins of sumo wrestling dates back to somewhere between the third and seventh centuries and has been an important part of Japanese culture ever since. Raise […]

How to Pick the Right Angle to Start Your Shunga Collection

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Some people get overwhelmed by the wide range of subjects and themes within the shunga genre (thousands of books, prints and paintings were issued between 1600-1912) and therefore do not make a choice and select a topic. To make it easier and to find a path in the large amount of possibilities I have added some […]

A Horny Maidservant Peeking Through a Screen

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A maidservant spies upon a naked intimate couple on a futon through the transparent panels of a folding screen. She was about to serve a cup of tea but has put the small round tray on the ground because the sight of the couple making love has aroused her so much that she has lifted […]

Bathhouse Sex in a Slippery Setting

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I came across the following descriptions of this eye-catching bathhouse scene by the ukiyo-e master Isoda Koryusai (1735-1790) with the views of three separate ukiyo-e experts: Rosina Buckland: “The image for the fifth month, Satsuki, or the ‘month of rice seedlings,’ is a scene of a husband becoming aroused at the sight of his wife […]

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