Shunga Prints Depicting Sensual Pleasure Using a Harigata
21 september 2017 
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Shunga Prints Depicting Sensual Pleasure Using a Harigata

Shunga prints in books often portray certain themes and subjects that return in the consecutive designs. Today I have brought together some shunga prints from our collection that show couples who entertain themselves with the harigata (dildo). In the designs below the depicted harigata’s are all made out of tortoise-shell.

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Fig.1. ‘Couple with harigata‘ (c.1848-1854) from the series ‘Shunshoku Tamazoroi (An Assortment of Pleasure in Spring)‘ by Utagawa Kunisada

Double Penetration

A couple has retreated to their bedroom and experiment with a newly obtained harigata. The woman is double penetrated. The unrolled scroll painting on the right depicts a design from Kunisada’s own Four Seasons-series.

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Fig.2. ‘Couple experimenting with sex toys‘ (c.1837) from the series ‘Koi no Yatsufuji (The Love of Yatsufuji)‘ by Utagawa Kunisada

A similar scene like the previous print, also by Kunisada, with the couple in reverse in comparison with the predecessor. Here the couple has a whole collection of sex toys.

Rosina Buckland comments on this design: “…A particularly explicit illustration from Utagawa Kunisada’s The Eight-Petal Wisteria of Love (Koi no yatsufuji, 1837) shows the passionate session of a couple on a hot summer’s evening (to the left, smoke rises from an incense-burner to deter mosquitoes). An impressive array of sex toys is laid out on a tray beside them. The man lifts the woman’s leg to insert a tortoiseshell dildo into her vagina while he penetrates her anally. She flings her head backwards and curls her toes in ecstasy, still grasping a small container of lubricant or aphrodisiac ointment, hastily removed from its paper wrapping.”

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Fig.3. ‘Lesbian orgy‘ (c.1832) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Various Women

A highly amusing and appealing shunga design with various women experimenting and enjoying themselves with harigata‘s (dildo’s). They can not get enough of it, as suggested by the crumpled tissues that surround them.

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Fig.4. ‘Heterosexual orgy‘ (c.1832) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Various Poses

A hilarious scene featuring numerous copulating couples in varying complicated poses. Striking is the man in the above left corner who is satisfying three females using two dildos.

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Fig.5. ‘Samurai with giant harigata‘ (c.1832) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Wary Samurai

The following piece by Kuniyoshi offers a special design of a wary samurai who is listening to the activities inside the mansion…ready to draw his sword. A striking detail is the giant harigata he is holding under his arm.

In the following short videos you can find more shunga depicting dildos and other sex toys:

Mijn film (Sex Toys - Part 1)
Mijn film (SEx Toys - Part 2)

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Marijn is the founder of With more than 20 years of experience within the sensual and erotic art of shunga he is an authority in the genre. During this time he served many customers with complementing their art collection.
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