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Sensual Encounters Involving Trains in Shunga Prints

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During the westernization of Japan, artists started to promote the modernization in their so-called “Enlightment” prints. The Japanese built their first railroad in 1872 and quickly became a symbol of innovation. Therefore there arose a large demand for “train prints”. Trains In Shunga Although there was a large demand you very scarcely find shunga designs including […]

Jade Rabbit Having Sex With the Moon Goddess Chang’e

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Recently I obtained a special set of koban-sized shunga that all depict amusing and deviating designs that are attributed to Meiji genius Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889). Striking images such as a man in a snowy forest who is groping between the legs of a female snowman he just built. Another one features a spellbound monk who […]

What Are the 17 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 countdown and examine what in our opinion is the most brutal shunga design…! […]

The Rape of a Bathing Lady By Raijin the Thunder God

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In the Edo period, people believed that when a woman was taking a bath during a thunder storm she would be raped by the demon (oni) Raijin (aka. Kaminari-sama), a god of lightning, thunder and storms (in the Shinto religion and Japanese mythology). Thunder God Raijin In this arresting and dynamic depiction the thunder god Raijin is molesting and penetrating […]

Young Male Lover Whispers in the Ear of his Secret Lover with the Tsunokakushi

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The woman’s hat (tsunokakushi) is an indication that the scene (Plate 5) is taking place at a shrine. In the Edo period they were used for temple visits but since the Meiji period (1868–1912), the tsunokakushi has come to be associated with Japanese marriage rites. Secret Tryst In this case the image implies the visit is a pretext for a covert […]

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 […]

The Bloody Pictures of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (NFTS)

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Between 1866 and 1868, the sublime Meiji artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) created a set of very disturbed and disquieting designs. The most sadistic of these bloody pictures (muzan-e) are to be found in a series called ‘Eimei nijuhasshuku (Twenty-eight Famous Murders with verse)‘. He coproduced it with Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904). Decapitation These prints were a […]

Exciting Taisho Era Shunga Painting of Intimate Couple

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Although the shunga production was on the wane since the Meiji period (1868-1912) there was still a small market for it and were still issued until the Taisho period (1912-1926). The painting below is a lovely late example including additional “effects”… Electric Fan During a hot summer day a mature couple is enjoying themselves with […]

Yoshitoshi’s Shocking Picture of the Serial Killer The Hag

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Today let’s take a closer look at one of the more subversive and influential art pieces of the Meiji era (1868-1912) produced by the legendary Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892). The design that for instance had a major impact on the start of the kinbaku (bondage art) art of Seiu Ito (1882-1961). Kitchen Knife In a solitary shack in […]

Bold Taisho Period Shunga of the Japanese “President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky”

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The Taisho period (1912-1926) print below features a bold satirical image of one of the Japanese presidents during the Meiji/Taisho period and a fictional mistress. Miss Lewinsky It brings to mind the infamous sex affair of former President Clinton and White House intern, “that woman Miss Lewinsky.” Although I haven’t found information about sex scandals […]

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