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Takeuchi Keishu: Never-Before-Seen Images of His Rare Erotic Masterpiece

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Before we’ll examine one of the best shunga works produced at the end of the nineteenth century, let’s take a closer look at the designer of this late erotic masterpiece, Takeuchi Keishu (1861-1942). Who was he? Yoshitoshi Keishū was born in Edo (nowadays Tokyo) in 1861. The second son of a feudal underling of the […]

9 Attractive Taisho Era Shunga Paintings That Will Surprise You

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Works from shunga‘s final days, the Meiji and Taisho eras, can be mainly divided in three categories. The first are the close imitations of the classical Edo designs. Secondly, the prints and paintings that were produced for the internal market depicting foreign customs and products. The third category were the shunga pieces that were created […]

Hokusai Prints From the Monumental Fukujuso Series

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Hokusai produced around nineteen major shunga books and sets of erotic prints, that were issued in the period between 1803 and around 1823 when he was in his mid-to late forties and his early sixties. Powerful His shunga output also included album of prints in the larger oban-format and bound concertina-style (undoubtedly a more sophisticated […]

The 12 Most Popular Blog Posts of the Year 2018

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Our website traffic rises slowly but steadily as more content is added (at least two new articles per week). The primary source of traffic to ShungaGallery.com comes from organic search. In 2017, most visitors still came via social media channels but the removal from YouTube at the end of December 2017 and the stricter community […]

For Sale: Excellent Woodblock Remake of The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife Print

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Finally…we are very thrilled to announce – for the first time in over 100 years – a new genuine woodblock reproduction of Hokusai’s acclaimed The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife of 1814. This unique remake is created by Yuuya Shimoi, who is one of the few professional woodcut craftsmen working in Japan today. Painstakingly Shimoi […]

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 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 […]

Rare Maki-e Scroll Featuring Twelve Charming Sensual Encounters

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This rare maki-e (sprinkled picture) scroll from the Meiji era displays the usual amount of twelve shunga paintings. The elegant erotic images are drawn with ink and color on paper and portray protagnists of various ages and backgrounds such as an elderly man making love to a youthful aristocratic female, the molestation of a tied […]

Hokusai’s Favorite Composition of Copulating Couples in the Open Air

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For variation, this love scene from Hokusai’s The Adonis Plant (Fukujuso) takes place in the open air. The included text explains that the couple are lovers for three years but yet unable to wed. The man wears a black and white checkered kimono and headscarf, and they are still wearing their geta clogs. Trapped Even for […]

The Secret Affair of a Fisherman and a Sensuous Diving Girl

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Plate no.10 from Hokusai’s Fukujuso is almost entirely dominated by the copulating pair of fisher folk, a richly filled basket with seashells seen at left. The diving-girl insists that the rumors of an affair with another fisherman are lies – and her lover agrees to leave the matter alone as he enjoys making love to […]

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