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The Dramatic Gay Encounter of the Tragic Hisamatsu

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This scene displaying a tragic gay encounter comes from Utamaro‘s series (Michiyuki) koi no futozao (1802). The work is based on dramatized tales (based on true stories) of ‘fated lovers’ who commit double ‘love’ suicide. The stories developed into a line of dramas for the theatre called shinju mono (double-suicide plays). Anal Penetration An older man […]

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 […]

Japanese Shunga Print Depicting the Ghastly Rape of a Seamstress

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The Japanese shunga prints that feature rape during the period (c.1770-71) were rather rare. Depictions of rape occur more often in later shunga, dating from the second half of the 19th century when the overall image became coarser. This is one of the earliest shunga featuring explicit rape. Luscious Sewer A young girl on the […]

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, […]

A Rare Discovery of a Gay Shunga Designed by Katsushika Hokusai

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Until recently it was unknown if Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) ever designed homoerotic images. But a few weeks ago I discovered this fascinating piece that is without a doubt by the great master. Although the series is unknown, the artist and period are certain. Size of Male’s Genitalia As usual in gay scenes within shunga the males are divided […]

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 Horny Maneemon Spying On a Homosexual Couple and Angry Pregnant Woman (P2)

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In part 1 we accompanied Maneemon on his erotic adventure in which he spied on a homoerotic couple. In this article we’ll dig a bit deeper and explore the homosexual culture of Japan at that time. At the end we’ll have a look at a previous experience (panel) in which Maneemon encounters an adulturous male, his young […]

The Horny Maneemon Spying On a Homosexual Couple and Angry Pregnant Woman (P1)

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A superb gay shunga scene from Harunobu‘s ‘Elegant Horny Maneemon’ series. Maneemon (aka. ‘Imitation man’) is a character that appears in all twenty-four designs (two sets of twelve) of the series. He spies on intimate couples and sometimes emulates them in his own characteristically humorous and affecting way. The above panel features homosexual love (nanshoku) with a young boy […]

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