10 shocking rape scenes in Shunga

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In the Shunga prints that were produced during the 17th and 18th century the emphasis of the images was on the expression of excitement, lust and love sex on a voluntary basis by both partners. However, at the end of the 18th century erotic images slowly changed sometimes depicting involuntary sex, in most cases, showing ugly hairy men forcing themselves on innocent young girls. The following ten samples of canola (link to photos of these designs can be found at the end of the article!) Vivid examples from this thread:

Koryusai – Falconer

This design is the West of the great pioneer Isoda Koryusai (act. 1770-1780-ies) of his celebrated 'prosperous flowers of the elegant twelve seasons' published in 1772-1773, was one of the first Japanese prints depicting rape. This image is associated with the eighth month and shows Falconer, knocking the girl to the ground in the middle of the grass and lespedeza. Koryusai used dark and ominous tone in his use of color, which, along with the wild clawing at clover perfectly symbolizes the girl's a trap.

Hokusai – Retard

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) offers a rape scene in the large Oban format almost Comedy in his masterful series 'Fukujuso' (aka. 'love in the New year'' and 'Plants Of Adonis') published CA. 1822-1823. Depicts a clownish and obviously retarded bath-house attendant assaulting a girl he has long yearned for. He's holding a coin in his ear, as was the custom of the lackeys who do not have wallet. A similar scene can be found in Hokusai's 'Kino-e no Komatsu' (longing for love) which is somehow less comic.

Kunisada – First Woman

A horrifying scene from Utagawa Kunisada's (1786-1865) 'Spring, Summer, Autumn and winter, prospects for the four seasons' -series (late 1820s) with the female victim of the crucifixion and tied to a wooden stick with her arms tied behind his back. What enhances the drama, to the same place, somewhere deep in the forest, the fact that her tormentor consciously planned his violent crimes, leaving no ways to escape.

Kunisada – The Fox Fires

In another rape design Kunisada portrays three untractable palanquin bearers Ocho, the daughter of the owner of the brothel Karakotoya on the ground. In a quiet environment this environment Kurosuke Inari. In 'Fox-lights' (light) indicative of the presence of the Fox spirits. This book illustration of Kunisada's 'Shunshoku hatusne no ume' (the erotic adventures of six women) 1842.

Shigenobu – Gang Rape

Yanagawa Shigenobu's (1789-1833) Oban design from 'Yanagi no Arashi' (the wind in the willows) includes four porters of the palanquin, with difficulty repressing a mad woman. One of the men (second from left) sports a detailed tattoo on both hands (in this picture almost invisible). A woman to kick and resist, but the feeling that she might be here.

Kuniyoshi – Candle

In this famous rape scene by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) from the book 'Byokei Ri goyoshi ha' (P. 1830), three men in a dark room fills the woman. The leading man who wears glasses, gets to his victim, holding a candle. It is whispered among Shunga devotees that this man is actually Kuniyoshi himself.

Hokusai – Palanquin Bearers

From the shungabook 'manpuku’s Wagojin' (the gods of intercourse) Hokusai designed in 1821 this rape scene depicts two palanquin bearers (again!) Ready to rape the courtesan (prostitute). The man was holding her from behind has a violent grip around her neck and at the same time licked her cheek.

Utamaro – Attempted Rape

In 1788 one of Utamaro's (1754-1806) most impressive early masterpieces 'Utamakura' (poem of the pillow) appeared in a series consisting of 12 horizontal album prints. The concern of the misogynistic design of this set is one of the most dramatic scenes with a plebeian maiden attack by an elderly artisan, and the struggle with it maybe. The two main characters set on a dark gray background, which enhances the dramatic effect.

Aerie – Lackey

Chokyosai airy's (act. 1789-1801) 'Fumi not kiyogaki' (models of calligraphy) from 1801, is considered one of the boldest sets of Oban-size Shunga known. It contains thirteen instead of the usual twelve designs and is almost completely inspired by Utamaro's 'Utamakura'. Also, this print (see Utamaro – attempted rape), which, compared to Utamaro's classic, a more comic interpretation of the middle-aged footman tries to forcibly seduce a maid in the same residence.

Hokusai – post-rape scene

In 'the Gods of intercourse' the series focuses on the tales of the two courtisans Osane and Otsubi who are from different social strata. In this case, Osane, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, pictured after gang rape. It'alone with leaned on the tree and it seems that she's strangely satisfied by this brutal experience, which emphasizes the number of scarves around her. Tousled hair indicates her slutty character and is a sign that she will come to a sad end. It remains one of the most intriguing scenes of rape in the history of Ukiyo-e prints.

The above list doesn’t include Hokusai'famous 'the Dream of the fisherman'wife' -design and Utamaro's design Kappa rape of his Poem of the pillow series (as described in my other article “10 flags erotic prints Shunga”!) Because these scenes depict fantasies involved female subject and not on a forced basis.

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