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Yosaburo and Otomi, a Famous and Tragic Love Story

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In Kunisada’s design (Fig.1), the young man on the left is Yosaburo, a petty criminal, who had once dared to have an affair with Otomi (on the right), a gangster’s mistress. When the gangster got wind of the affair, Otomi vanished and was thought to have drowned herself. She survived as she was rescued by […]

Why Did Courtesans Make a Certain Sound During Sex?

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The courtesans in ukiyo-e are recognizable by their intricate clothing and even more by their hairpins (kanzashi). The more hairpins, the higher the status. Another distinctive element is the kimono sash (obi), which courtesans wore tied at the front rather than the back. Arduous This was not just symbolic; putting on a kimono and tying […]

Violent Dream Fantasy of an Abalone Diver

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In the dunes near the sea we see a male awabi (abalone) diver making love to a tied-down female colleague. The woman is attached with ropes to an anchor. The waves in the background emphasize the direction of the movement in the design. Awabi (Abalone) Diver Initially I thought this was a rape scene but after […]

13 of the Most Violent Designs in Shunga (P2)

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In this sequel (click here for the first part) on thirteen of the most violent designs in shunga we’ll continue to examine this violent erotica. Let’s move quickly to the other shocking examples… Sadomasochistic Like the other panel of this shikake-e (see previous article!) design the male in the second picture is in the same ominous […]

13 of the Most Violent Designs in Shunga (P1)

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To name shunga a violent art is exaggerated but violence and death were subjects that were not avoided. Indeed the success of shunga in the 19th Century was certainly also determined by these exploitative characteristics. In this and the upcoming article we’ll focus on thirteen designs (in no particular order) that meet these requirements more […]

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 […]

Kintaro the Golden Boy Watching a Lovely Threesome

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The Japanese artist Utagawa Kunimori I (act. ca. 1818-1843) was a pupil of Toyokuni II and a member of the Utagawa school. He was a talented follower of the typical Utagawa style but never reached the upper echelon of ukiyo-e artists. The design below shows his eye for detail: An attractive shunga with a couple […]

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-genre 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) […]

Kuniyoshi’s Excellent Erotic Ghost Series Featuring Phallus and Vulva-Shaped Demons (P1)

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In this magnificent series called ‘Ghost Stories: Night Procession of the Hundred Demons (Kaidan hyakki yagyô)’ the artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) displays his comic genius like no other. These small koban-sized (c. 3 1/2′ x 5′ inches) designs show male and female genitalia disguised as various demons and ghosts. The title on each print is often vulgar and ambiguous […]

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