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A Humorous Take on The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife

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This koban-sized print is a humorous take on designs as that from Shigenobu’s The Dyer’s Saffron (c.1830) and off course Hokusai’s The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife (c.1814). Mirror of Vanity It shows an octopus wearing a headscarf performing oral sex on an ama diver who submits in apparent ecstasy. She is lying with her head […]

The Scabrous Lyrics of Utamaro’s Singing Geisha

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In this captivating and audacious composition by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) *, a geisha (female performer) mounts her lover, plucking the shamisen and singing as they make love. He leans back, suppresses a yawn, and makes fun of her. Chinese Style Surrounding their pillows is a folding screen painted with an ink landscape in Chinese style. […]

Seven X-Rated Adventures As Imagined by Jeff Faerber

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In anticipation of Jeff Faerber’s last “creative burp” (that will pay homage to the Japanese masters Eisen and Hokusai), we take a look today at seven works from the past that have never been seen before on this stage. The seven X-rated adventures are depicted in chronological order, so that we can closely follow his […]

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 […]

Gessai Gabimaru Presents a Dutchman Copulating a Horny Japanese Courtesan

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This composition by Gessai Gabimaru (1789-1834) represents Western men coupling with Japanese women, and is similar to other such scenes produced by Chokyosai Eiri, Keisai Eisen, and Kitagawa Utamaro. Aphrodisiac Here, a woman from Kyoto and a Dutchman from Dejima are absorbed in their lovemaking (Fig.1). He has offered her an aphrodisiac like the Dutchman […]

Kuniyoshi’s Erotic Parody on Eight Views of Ōmi Hakkei

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The word ‘Ōmi ‘ as used in the Kuniyoshi series ‘Eight Views of Lake Biwa (Ōmi  hakkei)‘, literally means ‘to meet and look’, hence the alternative title ‘Eight Views of Dating‘. But it has also the underlying meaning of a sexual encounter between lovers. Eight Views of Ōmi Simultaneously, ‘Eight Views of Ōmi ‘ induces the accepted subject in […]

The Awabi Divers Triptych Masterpiece of Kitagawa Utamaro

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Women awabi (ama) divers made a frequent motif of ukiyo-e since the early years of the woodblock printing art. No other themes appeared to be better suited to express the beauty of the female body in a form acceptable to the public in those days. This three-piece suite by Utamaro is the most famous of […]

Erotic Book Set with 22 Charming Images By Utagawa Kunimaru II (?)

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The following complete erotic book set was issued around 1850. The designer is an unknown member of the renowned Utagawa school but the style reminds me of Utagawa Kunimaru II whose style was close to that of his mentor Kunimaru (1794-1829). Gathering The three covers of the books form a triptych (Fig.22) depicting a gathering […]

5 Classic Scenes From Utamaro’s The Laughing Drinker Series

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What is perhaps Utamaro’s last erotic book, the three-volume ‘Picture Book: The Laughing Drinker (Ehon warai jogo)‘, was published around 1803. The book opens with a preface signed ‘Maro’s Wife’, in the form of a letter that Utamaro’s (fictitious?) wife addresses to the publisher during her husband’s absence. Devil of a Wife She has undertaken […]

Copulating Couple Hidden Behind a Tsuitate by Koryusai

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In the penultimate eleventh plate from Isoda Koryusai’s oban-sized album ‘Shikido torikumi juniban ( Twelve Bouts on the Way of Sensuality),’* we watch a couple in an intimate embrace on a futon. Tsuitate The woman’s obi** is hanging casually over a tsuitate***, that is decorated with a design of cranes, a common motif in Japanese art. […]

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