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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 […]

18 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. […]

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