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The Sensuality of Captive Women in Dire Situations

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The prints below embody a limited, but favorite subgroup of Japanese erotica that portrayed defenseless, enslaved, or captive women. They are coveted and sought by specific collectors because for this specific area of interest there aren’t many subjects. A fascinating representation of Edo era sexuality. Tip Of His Sword Violent scene with a samurai assaulting […]

Mysterious Warai-e Depicting a Horse Performing Cunnilingus

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Warai-e (comic or pornographic picture) is another name for shunga also known as “laughing pictures”. They were not necessarily supposed to be comical but were meant to be more esoteric, as they were part of a cultural or conceptual scope outside of the everyday domain of real-life morality. Entire hand The amusing example of today […]

Pregnant Women Having Sex as Portrayed in Shunga

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No daily subject matter was omitted in the images of shunga, so pregnant women having sex with their spouses should not be missing from the artist’s idiom. The woman depicted during their pregnancy attract attention not only by their swollen belly but also by a piece of clothing called haramaki (lit. “bellyband”), that was worn […]

What Happened Within the Yoshiwara Brothel in Ancient Japan?

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While the women in the Yoshiwara brothels had little use for shunga, their territory was the main subject-matter for the Edo (now Tokyo) artists. But what exactly did a visit to the Yoshiwara entail? Not Very Good-Looking In Yoshiwara itself there were different classes of tea houses and geisha. The lowest-ranking courtesans, either not very […]

Kikugawa Eizan, What Was the Secret of His Success in Shunga?

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Kikugawa Eizan (1787-1867) was born in Edo (now Tokyo), most probably on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year 1787. This might refer to his professional alias that sometimes emerges as ‘Studio of the double nines (Chokyusai)‘. First Teacher He was the son of Kikugawa Eiji, a manufacturer of decorative fans and […]

Discover the Interior Labyrinth in the Myth of the Bathhouse

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The Myth of the Bathhouse (c.1827) by Kunisada contains a sequence of illustrations aptly examining various levels of communication between the public and private area. The first image (Fig.1.) shows us two spaces within the bathhouse that are divided into an exterior space in the foreground, where a woman washing herself glances through the barrier of […]

The Insatiable Couple from Kunisada’s Four Seasons Masterpiece

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Kunisada’s output of erotic books was immense, with an estimated amount of forty-two titles. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter: Prospects of the Four Seasons (Shunka shuto: Shiki no nagame) is an excellent example of the opulently produced shunga books of the period. Hidden The Spring and Summer volumes were issued at New Year 1827 and Autumn […]

How to Pick the Right Angle to Start Your Shunga Collection

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Many 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 […]

The Nanshoku Shunga of the Award Winning Scientist Brian Coppola

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The award winning* scientist Brian Coppola, probably one of our earliest clients, is mainly focused on collecting nanshoku (男色, gay related images within shunga). In the interview we had last week, he explains what intrigued him about this particular subject, cartoons, street art, his favorite pieces and artists, and the intersection of his profession and the […]

9 Highly Amusing Pop Up Porn Shunga Prints

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The so-called shikake-e (toy prints), aka “Pop-Up Porn” prints came in various shapes and forms. Sometimes a flap or a door can be opened or moved revealing a more provocative scene. In other cases these playful pieces include a separate cord attached to the (mostly male) figure so that the genitalia can be moved. Pop […]

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