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The Blissful Oharame From Kiyonaga’s Sode No Maki

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A peasant girl and country lad caught in a moment of sexual bliss. This type of peasant woman is traditionally associated with Ohara, a village north-west Kyoto, and thus the name Oharame (Ohara maiden). Oharame Oharame were easy identifiable by their distinctive costume of an apron, hand-covers, white leggings and rustic sandals. They are often […]

Kiyonaga and His Sensual Magnum Opus Sode No Maki

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‘Sode no Maki (The Sleeve Scroll)’ by Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815) is unique as it is a printed handscroll with images in the more unusual horizontal hashira-e or ‘pillar picture’ format. Each scene was pasted together to create the scroll. Perhaps as suggested by the title, a scroll such as this was meant to be carried inside […]

Two-Jointed Shunga Close-ups in the Tomioka Eisen Style

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Below you can find a set of remarkable two-jointed prints designed either by Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905) or one of his followers. The artist shows the viewer the intimate activities of a couple up close by only focusing on the facial expressions of the protagonists (mainly the female) in their ecstatic moments and juxtaposes it to […]

Mesmerizing Vagina Close-up Designs as Portrayed in Japanese Shunga

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Designs featuring vagina close-ups in shunga are among the collector’s favorite subjects. Normally these kind of images were added in the beginning and/or the end of shunga books (ehon) to emphasize its contents. In some rare cases the theme of the vagina close up was applied to shikake-e (toy print) in a most original way. Provoking […]

Shunga Depicting One Passionate Man Having Sex with Multiple Women

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When I was doing some research to prepare for this post I was looking for what would be considered the ultimate male sex fantasy. According to one of the articles I came across (you can find it here) among the most common ones is the ménage à trois (threesome) with two females. Sex-Hungry Women Most […]

The Sensual Fantasies of Lonesome Masturbating Beauties

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The portrayal of sensual female masturbation in isolated settings were a beloved subject of ukiyo-e artists. This applies to the Edo period (1600-1868) but even more so to the Meiji period (1868-1912). Sensual Female Masturbation Often self-satisfaction in shunga is performed by hand, but sometimes with the support of a device such as a harigata (dildo), Women […]

Colorful Shunga Designs with Tattooed Ruffians and Brigands

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Depictions with tattoos in ukiyo-e shunga appear since the mid-eighteenth century but not in earlier hand-painted works. The men wearing tattoos represented the underworld of criminal gangs (yakuza) and highway brigands. Bad Nature Every now and then, men with tattoos of dragons, gods or symbols of their bad nature (such as skeletons or dice) are portrayed having peaceful intercourse with their […]

Why Is Oral Sex Seldomly Seen in the Art of Shunga?

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Shunga art displaying oral sex with a female performing fellatio on a male or vice versa are relatively rare. Oral Sex Art The reason oral sex (fellatio) scenes appear rarely in shunga has to do with the portrayal of exaggerated male organs. In the Edo period a small mouth was considered an element of feminine […]

The Amusing Japanese Erotic Cartoons of Terazaki Kogyo

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When Japan opened its doors during the Meiji period (1868-1912) and allowed foreigners to enter the country profound changes and innovations came with them. This was particularly noticeable in the artistic styles, clothes, machines, vehicles and trains, weapons, electricity, etc., that all found their way into the art of shunga. Army Officers and Doctors The […]

Kuniyoshi’s Suikoden Hero Having Sex With Exotic Lady

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The extraordinary ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) is most famous for his adaptation of the Chinese novel on the 108 Suikoden Heroes. You can find two exciting examples of this subject below… Tanmeijiro Genshogo An acclaimed shunga design portraying the famous Suikoden hero Tanmeijiro Genshogo (in Chinese Ruan Xiaowu) who is having intercourse with the queen of […]

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