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Discover the Hilarious Laughing Pictures in Shunga

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Images that depict sexual activity have mainly been called shunga since the Meiji period. This means that the term is only about 150 years old. When the term appeared in a text, the Chinese characters that were used for the word usually had a phonetic luster in Japanese writing (kana) translating warai-e (laughing pictures). Foolish […]

How to Pick the Right Angle to Start Your Shunga Collection

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Some 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 […]

Shoki the Demon Queller Making Love to a Red Demon

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Shoki, the Demon Queller was one of the favorite subjects (see also Fig.2.) of the extraordinary artist Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) and included it in many of his print designs and paintings. Shoki the Demon Queller Shoki was a physician who aspired to be a servant of the Chinese imperial palace, but he was not able […]

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 […]

Jade Rabbit Having Sex With the Moon Goddess Chang’e

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Recently I obtained a special set of koban-sized shunga that all depict amusing and deviating designs that are attributed to Meiji genius Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889). Striking images such as a man in a snowy forest who is groping between the legs of a female snowman he just built. Another one features a spellbound monk who […]

The Surprising Secret of A Bored Dog Lover By Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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A lot of shunga books consist of a story depicted by a number of images whose connection may not be immediately obvious without reading the text. Yet, in certain cases the narrative progression is apparent visually. Utagawa Kuniyoshi Like in today’s highly amusing two-piece sequential design by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) from the series ‘Hiyaku mon futari […]

Secretly Peeking on Peeing Beauties By Aroused Males

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Voyeurism within shunga was a beloved subject among many ukiyo-e artists. A sub-theme within voyeurism is that of aroused men peeking on peeing beauties. Although rare, there are some appealing examples like the ones described below. Peeping Tom A peeping Tom is peeping through a tiny hole in a bamboo fench while jerking off fiercely. He is looking at […]

The Eccentric Kobayashi Eitaku and His Confrontational Erotic Universe

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The undervalued Kobayashi Eitaku (1843-1890) became a novice at the age of thirteen of the painter Kano Eitoku (1815-1891). He climbed the ladder working as a court painter for the Hikone lords became their official painter and was granted the title of samurai. Notorious He created illustrations for the Yokohama Mainichi Shinbun after the Meiji Restoration (started in 1868) […]

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 […]

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