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17 Sensual Encounters Behind Mosquito-Netting Available in Our Gallery

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In the mise-en-scène of the shunga idiom the different seasons could be conveyed for instance by the snow in the background, seasonal clothing, popular festivals, specific flowers, an incense burner would indicate summer and a kotatsu (heated table) winter. Mosquito-netting Mosquito-netting emphasized the hottest days of summer. They were often ingeniously incorporated in the composition and were a […]

Pregnant Women Having Sex as Portrayed in Shunga

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No daily subject matter was omitted in the images of shunga, so pregnant women having sex with their spouses should not be missing from the artist’s idiom. The woman depicted during their pregnancy attract attention not only by their swollen belly but also by a piece of clothing called haramaki (lit. “bellyband”), that was worn […]

The Powerful Sensuality as Depicted in The Adonis Plant

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This is plate 2 from Hokusai’s monumental ‘The Adonis Plant (Fukujuso)‘ series (c.1810s) and features a straightforward shunga image of two passionate young lovers effecting an encounter only with the greatest difficulty. This, because the girl is a popular geisha, not a freelancer. Powerful The couple are completely united, their body and soul, and the […]

The Passionate Tenderness During a Hot Summer Evening

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This lovely delicate scene takes us into the bedroom with the couple seen within the mosquito-netting during a hot summer evening. While the woman lies in a state of complete physical relaxation after the height of sexual passion, the man has risen to pour a refreshing cup of tea. Dark Green The used tissues scattered […]

The Painful Moxa Treatment as Depicted in Shunga

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The painting and the print below show us the rare depiction of moxa treatment. Moxa, or young, dried mugwort, is applied while burning to a person’s body as a form of medical treatment. These treatments are sometimes very hurtful and their effect can be compared with acupuncture. Burning moxa was also used to remove tattoos. […]

The Popular Sumo Wrestlers in Sensual Encounters

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Shunga was an art form intended for a wide audience and therefore dealt with themes that would appeal to many, and for this reason sumo certainly could not be missed. The origins of sumo wrestling dates back to somewhere between the third and seventh centuries and has been an important part of Japanese culture ever since. Raise […]

Sensual Sex in the Imperial Court by Kawanabe Kyosai

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Today we briefly put the spotlight on an eye-catching design by the Meiji master Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889). The print comes from his series ‘Byobu isso no uchi (A Pair of Screens)’ that consists of twelve tanzaku-e sized (7 1/8″ x 3 1/3″) prints. Each sheet is accompanied by another (so twenty-four in total), pasted to […]

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 […]

Rare Japanese Erotic Toy Print Puzzle

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We obtained an extraordinary toy print (shikake-e) that was issued in the Meiji era (c.1875) produced by an anonymous artist. It’s actually one large shunga piece with a multitude of incomplete pictures which can be folded various ways to make complete shunga pictures, like a folding puzzle. When fully opened the size is 9” x […]

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 […]

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