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5 september 2017 

Sensual Encounters Involving Trains in Shunga Prints

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 trains. This was also because shunga was at a decline at that time. Below I have added two rare examples:

train prints

´Intimate couple at a railway crossing´ (c.1900) attributed to Terazaki Kogyo (1869-1927)

Station Master

A comical scene featuring a couple making love on a railroad. The ecstatic woman is holding a railway flag. To enhance the tension the artist added an arriving train in the distance. The male is probably the station master.

train prints

´Intimate couple in a train compartment´ (c.1900) attributed to Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)

Dark Purple

In a stylish train compartment a married couple involved in the “preliminary game” before intercourse. They are both dressed in the latest fashion. The dark purple pigment was a popular color detail among Meiji artists.

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Peter

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Peter

on 10 May 2019

Faces of the travelers are more distinct,also the garment details.

Marijn

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Marijn

on 13 May 2019

Thanks Peter, you can find more on this in the following article…!!

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