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Colorful Shunga Designs with Tattooed Ruffians and Brigands

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Depictions with tattoos in ukiyo-e shunga appear since the mid-eighteenth century but not in earlier hand-painted works. The men wearing tattoos represented the underworld of criminal gangs (yakuza) and highway brigands. Bad Nature Every now and then, men with tattoos of dragons, gods or symbols of their bad nature (such as skeletons or dice) are portrayed having peaceful intercourse with their […]

Why Is Oral Sex Seldomly Seen in the Art of Shunga?

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Shunga art displaying oral sex with a female performing fellatio on a male or vice versa are relatively rare. Oral Sex Art The reason oral sex (fellatio) scenes appear rarely in shunga has to do with the portrayal of exaggerated male organs. In the Edo period a small mouth was considered an element of feminine […]

The Great Influence of Shunga on Jeff Faerber and Others

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In my endless research on the art of shunga I was pleasantly surprised to discover the increasing amount of contemporary artists that are influenced or inspired by this artform. In my e-mail exchange with one of them, modern shunga artist Jeff Faerber, he told me: “In most of my paintings, I use shunga as inspiration, […]

Shunga Depicting Sex Underneath an Umbrella

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It has been claimed that the traditional Japanese umbrella, made of slender bamboo and rice paper and easily breakable, could, when held by a man, symbolize the small size or weakness of his organ. However, there is not a single instance in our collection of a man holding an umbrella who appears particularly feeble. Masturbating […]

Striking Close-Up Intercourse Designs As Portrayed in Shunga Art

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A lot of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century shunga books contain enlarged images of male and female genitals, occasionally while engaged in the sexual act. These kind of ‘close-up’ designs were intended to provide instruction about anatomy and how to give pleasure. Different Shapes These educational images are mostly found immediately following the other illustrations in […]

Shunpon: Man Carrying Money Into a Vaginal Storehouse

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One convention of shunga is a set of twelve pictures that reference the main annual event in each month of the year. In this twelfth and final design from Kyosai‘s series ‘Picture Calendar with Erotic Scenes of the Twelve Months‘ (1869) we watch a man carrying money into a storehouse on Kan-no-iri. Shunpon It’s the beginning […]

The Seven Lucky Gods Involved in a Sex Orgy

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The following Taisho era (1912-1928) makimono* painting is part of a horizontal hanging scroll that consists of two images**. The Seven Lucky Gods The painting displays The Seven Lucky Gods (also called Seven Gods of Fortune) as they are (six are male) making love to the only female god (Benzaiten) of the bunch. But before […]

Crazy Shunga Design With Penis Wrestling Match Near the Tokaido Road

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Koikawa Shozan (1831-1907) is also nicknamed the topographer of shunga because of his integration of topographic elements (often the Tokaido Road) in his erotic designs. An example of this can be found in the comical design below… Penis Wrestling Match In this humorous image we watch two males competing in a “penis wrestling match”. They are […]

Do You Want to Discover the Secrets ofJapanese Women Bathing?

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Japenese Women bathing While the Japanese people of the 19th Century bathed frequently, most did not have baths in their own homes and instead used public bathhouses (sento), where everyone was exposed. By going to the same bath-house at the same time, a person could see naked anyone he or she wished to. Although mixed […]

Utagawa Hiroshige’s Sensual Rendition of the Magical White Fox

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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) was the last major master of the ukiyo-e school. He was not the prodigious eccentric that Hokusai was, but nevertheless made a groundbreaking contribution to the development of the landscape print and to the field of flower-and-bird prints (kacho-e). Hiroshige’s Poetic View In effect, Hiroshige reinforced the landscape form, and accommodated it […]

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