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The Sensuous Get-Together of a Paramour and Her Secret Lover

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For today’s design we’ll examine Plate 6 from Utamaro‘s (喜多川 歌麿) Utamakura (c.1788) and look on how it inspired Chokyosai Eiri Plate 11 from his Fumi no kiyogaki series (c.1801). Protrude A young male makes love on the floor to his paramour. The female sticks out her tongue towards the mouth of the man. He has his head […]

Eiri’s Masterful Ode to Utamaro’s Praised Erotic Masterpiece

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The all too long neglected Chokyosai Eiri (鳥橋斎 栄里 act. ca. 1789-1801) created his masterpiece of shunga art ‘Fumi no kiyogaki (Models of Calligraphy)‘ at the New Year’s of the year 1801. It consists of thirteen, instead of the usual twelve plates, and was heavily inspired on Utamaro‘s ‘Utamakura (Poem of the Pillow)‘ dated 1788. […]

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 […]

Striking Shikake-e By Katsukawa Shuncho Depicting Sleeping Maiden Making Love to Demons

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An extra-ordinarily design from the series Ehon Takara bako (A Female Treasure) by Katsukawa Shuncho (act. c. 1780s-early 1800s).  It is an early shikake-e (trick picture) with consecutive images. The right plate features a sleeping maiden whose diabolical dream (left plate!) seems to be incited by an adolescent performing cunnilingus performed on her. ‘Maiden Dreaming of Attack […]

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) […]

Eiri’s Erotic Masterpiece of a Lesbian Couple with Harigata

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This compelling erotic design by Chokyosai Eiri (c.1789-1801) depicting ‘lesbian love‘ is from one of the most daring sets of oban-size shunga known. The first edition includes thirteen instead of the traditional twelve designs. Sex scenes between woman are rare in shunga. Harigata As reported by Dr. Richard Lane, this female-female sex scene is sometimes excluded […]

Realistic Japanese Erotic Painting of the Dutch VOC Head Jan Cock Blomhoff

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When the Dutch installed their trading post at the Nagasaki harbour in Deshima their number of staff was generally not large. The most important official was the “opperhoofd” or Chief. The figure portrayed in the erotic painting below could very well be the well-known VOC head Jan Cock Blomhoff (1779-1853). Lady Killer The Dutch male is […]

The Secret Lesbian Encounters in Ukiyo-e Shunga

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Pictures of lesbians were also popular in shunga (although they are very rare!). The depicted women are usually shown using a special dildo (harigata), composed like a double-sided phallus. Although I have seen pictures in which a woman was wearing a mask (see the second print in the video below!) of a male kabuki actor, […]

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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