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Spectacular Rape Design by the Specialist Utagawa Kunisada

It is known that Kunisada was the absolute master of the “rape” subgenre. He was so well-known for creating designs on this subject that he even had the special pseudonym Bukiyo Matahei. A connoisseur from that era would instantly recognize this pen name.

The following fold-out design from the series ‘Iro nikki‘ issued in 1829 is a wonderful example of Kunisada’s mastery.

Rape design depicting the molestation of three females by five remarkable culprits‘ (c.1829) from the series ‘Iro nikki‘ by Kunisada

Notable Villains

This dynamic scene spreading over four panels is set in a dark alley. It displays five notable villains from very different backgrounds abusing three helpless women who were participating in a night procession.

Filthy Grimace

On the far left, a nude unshaven culprit (the characteristic rapist in shunga) forces himself on a begging female victim. His filthy grimace reveals that he is having a good time.

Giant Earrings

On the middle left panel an almost completely naked Buddhist priest with a shaved head and sporting giant earrings (his shakujō * lays in the below right corner), is trying to restrain another resisting female victim who is raped by a brown-faced man sporting a striking moustache (clearly the leader of the gang).

Negroid Offender

To make the scene even more remarkable, Kunisada has added a Negroid offender with a grass skirt who is licking the face of the desperate woman. On the far right, a masked man is sticking his hand through the fly of his victim’s pants.

In the following video you can find many other rape designs…

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Click HERE to check out another orgy rape design by Kunisada…!!

*shakujō is a Buddhist ringed staff used mainly during prayer or as a defensive weapon that comes from India. The tinkling of the staff’s rings is used to alert small living beings such as insects to move from the pathway so that they are not trampled upon. In classical times, the jingling was also used to alarm hazardous animals, or to alert the devoted that there was an ascetic within earshot in need of alms.

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on 28 November 2019

I like how Kunisada blends brutality and humor in a compelling way. Keep up the good work! Thanks Henry




on 28 November 2019

Thanks a lot Henry! Yes, you can really see that Kunisada is having a good time. Are you familiar with his horrifying design from the Four Seasons series in which he leaves out the humor? The scene really shows Kunisada's empathy and mastery.

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