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The Kagema: The Irrepressible Temptation of a Young Male Prostitute

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Imagine that a child actor like Macauly Culkin would have lived in the Japan of the Edo period (1603-1868). The change would have been great that he would be part of the kagema. These were young male kabuki actors (wakashû, who were in the middle adolescence stage), who were still in training, and often remained […]

The Blind Masseur From Toyokuni’s Mirror Of The Vagina Series

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An arresting image from the highly-acclaimed ‘Mirror of the Vagina‘-album (c.1823) by the undisputed leader of the Utagawa school at that time, Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825). The series was part of the important shunga exhibition at the British Museum in 2014 and discussed in detail in the accompanying catalogue Shunga, Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art. […]

The Forceful Hairy Intruders by the Masters Utamaro and Kunisada

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In the woodblock print schools during the Edo period pupils adopted the style of their masters by looking at their designs and copying them first before they developed their own style later in their career. The teachers (masters) on the other hand looked at their colleagues and rivals from the past and present for inspiration. […]

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 […]

The Tricky Advances Underneath a Kotatsu Heater

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Tricky advances, with often the male making the indistinct move, are a recurring theme within shunga. A striking example of such an encounter is this ingenious design by Hokusai that portrays a married couple underneath a kotatsu heater. Too Embarassed The woman tries to choose a pattern for a new kimono from the sample book […]

The Alcoholic Sensuality of Toyohara Kunichika

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Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900) was one of the dominant Japanese artists during the Meiji period (1868-1912) who still worked in the traditional manner in honor of his two mentors. He was a pupil of Ichiōsai Chikanobu (not to be confused with Kunichika’s own pupil Toyohara Chikanobu) first, who later recommended him to Utagawa Kunisada. Alcohol Like his […]

The Penis Worship During the Onda Matsuri Festival

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The penis worship in Japan has a long tradition that goes back centuries. Every year during the early months, the so-called penis (fertility) festivals are held all over Japan. One of the oldest festivals is called Onda Matsuri (Rice Field Festival) and celebrates and prays for fertility of the planted rice. Long-nosed Goblin The festival […]

The Erotic Masquerades of the Enigmatic Andrea Alciato

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In the search engines the name Andrea Alciato only refers to the Italian jurist and writer who lived in the early 16th Century. Of the enigmatic artist with the same name we discuss today, little biographical data can be found (except that he comes from Austria). Utamaro The same mystery can be found in his paintings […]

The Mysteriously Giant Testicles of a Brothel Visitor

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In our collection we have got this rare shunga that includes an extraordinary feature. It is a so-called egoyomi (calendar print) published in small editions for only a small group of shunga aficionados. These smaller koban-sized pieces were elaborately printed with magnificent use of metallic pigments and line-carving. Gigantic Scrotum Comical depiction of a courtesan […]

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 […]

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