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That Japan has a rich cultural underworld of sex and pleasure should not come as a surprise to anyone—and the Samurai underground art of Shunga is no exception to the rule. However, the exhibition, like many of the prints themselves for that matter, leaves plenty to the imagination. The pictures depict couples, almost exclusively male and female, from different aspects of Japanese life, class and age—from dock workers to ordinary people to courtesans.
NHK World. In Japan, recreational sex was traditionally associated with water, and all of the night-time entertainment trades have long been referred to as the mizu shobai mee-zoo show-bye or the "water business. Shintoism, the native Japanese religion, advocates both scrupulous cleanliness as well as the lusty celebration of human fertility.
Read the Review. Because they fall we love them— the cherry blossoms. In this floating world, does anything endure? More than a thousand years ago, long before geisha were even thought of, Kyoto was the center of an extraordinarily effete, decadent, and promiscuous culture which transformed love into an art form and beauty into a cult.
Who gets to look and who is looked at? Who has the right to pleasure? The exhibition explores an underrepresented perspective in the history of art — that of a woman painting her female lover with a desiring female gaze.
W omen in the United States and other Western nations owe a lot to feminist movements. Not only are we no longer considered the property of our husbands or fathers, we can actually vote, run for office, own property, not get legally raped by our husbands, and have abortions—although if some Republicans get their way, that last right could evaporate at any moment. Women elsewhere haven't been so lucky, and this is painfully apparent in Female Pleasurethe documentary that focuses on how women's sexuality is viewed in places where women are treated more like it's the 6th century than the 21st.
By Mark Hudson. But that is the essence of shungathe popular erotic prints produced in Japan in the 18th and 19th centuries: on the one hand superbly rendered contrasts of colour, texture and pattern, on the other genital conjoining that leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination. While these images were well known to artists during the 19th-century vogue for Japanese prints — Toulouse Lautrec, Beardsley and Picasso all owned sets — they tended to be kept hidden in drawers.
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Makoto Endo, 40, from Japan, was so turned on by stinky footwear he didn't care if the shoes belonged to men or women. A middle-aged man has been arrested for stealing over 70 pairs of shoes that he sniffed for "sexual pleasure", according to reports. Makoto Endo, 40, nicked the footwear in Tochigi and Saitama, eastern Japan, because he enjoyed "sniffing the smell of well-worn shoes".