Neo Shunga

An Introduction to Japanese Pop Erotica
Author: Cocoro Books
Publisher: Cocoro Books
ISBN: 9781932897555
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 80
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Japan's shunga woodblock prints were originally created to advertise the facilities of the Edo-era pleasure quarters, including tea houses, restaurants and theaters, as well as the brothels. But this new art form quickly took on a life of its own, portraying every imaginable form of sexual activity from straight heterosexual acts through sodomy, bestiality and a wide range of fetishes. Today, these images of sex, many of which are grossly caricatured with outrageously proportioned genitalia, are highly sought after by collectors of art and erotica the world over. Neo Shunga, introduced here as part of the current Japanese trend of restyling traditional fashions for the 21st century, brings together in one volume some of the most fascinating images to come out of the shunga movement. These include acts of voyeurism, masturbation, menage a trios, group sex, and even bestiality with an octopus. Contains graphic sexual imagery

Books in Print 2009-2010

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780835250191
Category: Publishers' catalogs
Page: N.A
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Tokyo Rock Catwalk

Visual Kei Bands Big in Japan
Author: Corcoro Books
Publisher: DH Publishing Inc
ISBN: 1932897445
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 80
View: 3195

Visual Kei refers to a Japanese pop music movement characterized by eccentric, flamboyant looks, striking make-up, unusual hair styles and elaborate costumes coupled with androgynous aesthetics. Tokyo Rock Catwalk is the first ever book to fully introduce this made-in-Japan pop culture to an overseas audience. Along with stunning full-color pinup pics and photos from some of the most exciting live performances, members of Visual Kei bands and some of their most loyal fans talk about where this phenomenon came from, how it fits into Japanese society, and how the West is waking up to this outrageous movement.

Japanese Erotic Prints

Shunga by Harunobu & Koryūsai
Author: Inge Klompmakers
Publisher: Hotei Publishing
ISBN: 9789074822374
Category: Art
Page: 160
View: 6166

This publication offers the reader a ravishing selection of erotic prints ("shunga") by the first full-color woodblock-print masters: Suzuki Harunobu (c. 1725-70) and Isoda Kory{sai (act. c. 1764-88). It is based on a private collection of prints of remarkable quality, their radiant colors perfectly preserved by the albums in which they were kept. The first volume in a popular series on erotic prints by famous Japanese woodblock-print artists, this book contains a detailed general introduction to the genre of "shunga." In addition to a description of the historical and cultural settings of the prints, it focuses in particular on the locations and interiors where the erotic action takes place.

Japan Through American Eyes

The Journal Of Francis Hall, 1859-1866
Author: Fred G Notehelfer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0429979150
Category: Political Science
Page: 480
View: 2185

This abridgement of the unique journal of Francis Hall, America's leading business pioneer in nineteenth-century Japan, offers a remarkable view of the period leading to the Meiji Restoration. An upstate New York book dealer, Hall went to Japan in 1859 to collect material for a book on the country and to serve as correspondent for Horace Greely's New York Tribune. Seeing the opportunities for commerce in Yokohama, he helped found Walsh, Hall, and Co., an institution that became one of the most important American trading houses in Japan. Hall was a shrewd businessman, but also a perceptive recorder of life around him. Privately preserved for more than a hundred years, this document shows Hall to have been an astute observer and story-teller as well as an influential opinion-maker in the United States during the crucial decade of the American Civil War and the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. While contemporary American and British diplomatic accounts have focused on the official record, Hall reveals the private side of life in the treaty port. The publication of his journal, now in abridged form for the student and general reader, furnishes us with an insightful and sensitive portrayal of Japan on the eve of modernity.

Sex and the Floating World

Erotic Images in Japan, 1700-1820
Author: Timon Screech
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781861890306
Category: Art
Page: 319
View: 8062

This book offers an entirely new assessment of the genre of Japanese paintings and prints today known as shunga. Recent changes in Japanese law have at last enabled erotic images to be published without fear of prosecution, and many picture books have since appeared in Japan. There has, however, been very little attempt to situate the imagery within the contexts of sexuality, gender or power. Questions of aesthetics, and of whether shunga deserve a place in the official history of Japanese art, have dominated, and the question of the use of these images has been avoided. Timon Screech seeks to re-establish shunga in its proper historical contexts of culture and creativity. Sex and the Floating World opens up for us the strange world of sexual fantasy in the Edo culture of eighteenth-century Japan, and investigates the tensions in class and gender of those who made – and made use of – shunga.


The Book of Japanese Armor and Weaponry
Publisher: DH Publishing
ISBN: 9781932897524
Category: Bartenders
Page: 96
View: 8797

An insider's look into the glamorous and often sordid working lives of Tokyo's bar hostesses. Tokyo's hardworking hostesses shine a mobile phone flashlight on their world, and photograph it. In interviews and their own words, these women bare all, including the money they make, the clients they serve and the revealing gowns that they don each evening.


The Art of the Japanese Doll
Author: Alan Scott Pate
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462907202
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 288
View: 9358

Ningyo: The Art of the Japanese Doll features over 250 unique photographs as well as extensive commentary and background history. Japanese dolls (ningyo) have played an important role in Japanese art and culture since its earliest stages of development, as talismanic figures, centerpieces, in elaborate festivals, medical study tools, theater distractions, decorative objects, and avidly collected art forms, as well as childhood playthings. Ningyo: The Art of the Japanese Doll is the most comprehensive book on antique Japanese dolls and figurines published in English. The book focuses on the many types of Japanese dolls: gosho: palace dolls hina: Girl's Day dolls musha: warrior dolls for the Boy's Day Festival isho: fashion dolls The principle forms of the dolls and their history, stylistic development, cultural context, and economic imperatives are discussed against the backdrop of Edo-period society and popular culture. Beautifully detailed color photographs of ningyo drawn from private collections, many of which are published here for the first time, as well as images of related materials selected from celebrated museums and temple collections, such as folding screens, woodblock prints, sculpture, painting ceramics, and textiles, help place the dolls in context. Ningyo: The Art of the Japanese Doll is a fascinating book for anyone interested in Asian doll art and doll collecting.

Kame No Koh

Author: Fil Wood
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781389041273
Page: N.A
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Traditional Japanese backpiece tattoo designs based on the Ukiyo-e masters in an irezumi style.Designed to be used as inspiration and a reference book for tattooists and tattoo collectors.

Theorizing World Cinema

Author: Lucia Nagib,Chris Perriam,Rajinder Dudrah
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1848854935
Category: History
Page: 229
View: 4563

This textbook for studies in the field re-places world cinema in the cultural imagery. It also repositions world cinema in a wider discursive space than hitherto and treats it as an object of theoretical enquiry, rather than as a commercial label.

Sacred Sexuality

The Erotic Spirit in the World's Great Religions
Author: Georg Feuerstein
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1594775745
Category: Psychology
Page: 256
View: 421

A historical, cross-cultural survey of sexuality as a sacred spiritual practice • Examines sacred sexuality in the world’s religious and mystery traditions • Explores contemporary “sexual stress syndrome” resulting from the absence of the sacred in sexual practice • Reveals how to find the sacred in the ordinary This book examines the history of sexuality as a sacramental act. In spite of our culture’s recent sexual liberalizations, sexual intimacy often remains unfulfilling. Georg Feuerstein instructs that the fulfillment we long for in our sex lives can only be attained once we have explored the spiritual depths of our erotic natures. Feuerstein delves into a wide variety of spiritual traditions--including Christianity, Judaism, goddess worship, Taoism, and Hinduism--in search of sacred truths regarding sexuality. He reveals that all of these great teachings share the hidden message that spirituality is, in essence, erotic and that sexuality is inherently spiritual. From the erotic cult of the Great Mother and the archaic ritual of hieros gamos (sacred marriage) to the institution of sacred prostitution and the erotic spirituality practiced in the mystery traditions, Feuerstein offers a wealth of historical practices and perspectives that serve as the bases for a positive sexual spirituality suited to our contemporary needs.

The Grammar of Ornament

Author: Owen Jones
Publisher: N.A
Category: Decoration and ornament
Page: 157
View: 6149

Tokyo Tattoo 1970

Author: Martha Cooper,Aiko Ishikawa
Publisher: Dokument Forlag & Dist
ISBN: 9789185639274
Category: Art
Page: 72
View: 5208

Japanese tattoo was a secret art form of the early 1970s. The masters of the traditional techniques worked in small studios and tattooing was something for a distinguished few. In 1970s, when renowned street art and hip hop photographer Martha Cooper came to Tokyo, she decided to focus on this secret art and began documenting the life and work of traditional Japanese tattooist Horibun I. Tokyo Tattoo 1970 is a book about the traditional art of tattooing and a portrait of a master artist.

Japan Review

Bulletin of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Japan
Page: N.A
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Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle

Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation
Author: Susan J. Napier
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1250117720
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 384
View: 5723

This new edition of the groundbreaking popular book is a must-have for both seasoned and new fans of anime. Japanese animation is more popular than ever following the 2002 Academy Award given to Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. It confirmed that anime is more than just children's cartoons, often portraying important social and cultural themes. With new chapters on Spirited Away and other recent releases, including Howl's Moving Castle--Miyazaki's latest hit film, already breaking records in Japan--this edition will be the authoritative source on anime for an exploding market of viewers who want to know more.

MicroBionic: Radical Electronic Music and Sound Art in the 21st Century

revised and expanded 2nd Edition
Author: Thomas Bey William Bailey
Publisher: Belsona Books Ltd.
ISBN: 0615736629
Category: Music
Page: 418
View: 6445

Micro Bionic is an exciting survey of electronic music and sound art from cultural critic and mixed-media artist Thomas Bey William Bailey. This superior revised edition includes all of the original supplements neglected by the publishers of the first edition, including a full index, bibliography, additional notes / commentary and an updated discography. As the title suggests, the unifying theme of the book is that of musicians and sound artists taking bold leaps forward in spite of (or sometimes because of) their financial, technological, and social restrictions. Some symptoms of this condition include the gigantic discography amassed by the one-man project Merzbow, the drama of silence enacted by onkyo and New Berlin Minimalism, the annihilating noise transmitted from the humble laptop computers of Russell Haswell and Peter Rehberg and much more besides. Although the journey begins in the Industrial 1980s, in order to trace how the innovations of that period have gained greater currency in the present, it surveys a wide array of artists breaking ground in the 21st century with radical attitudes and techniques. A healthy amount of global travel and concentrated listening have combined to make this a sophisticated yet accessible document, unafraid to explore both the transgressive extremes of this culture and the more deftly concealed interstices thereof. Part historical document, part survival manual for the marginalized electronic musician, part sociological investigation, Micro Bionic is a number of different things, and as such will likely generate a variety of reactions from inspiration to offense. Numerous exclusive interviews with leading lights of the field were also conducted for this book: William Bennett (Whitehouse), Peter Christopherson (r.i.p., Throbbing Gristle / Coil), Peter Rehberg, John Duncan, Francisco Lopez, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Bob Ostertag, Zbigniew Karkowski and many others weigh in with a diversity of thoughts and opinions that underscore the incredible diversity to be found within new electronic music itself."

Self as Image in Asian Theory and Practice

Author: Roger T. Ames,Thomas P. Kasulis,Wimal Dissanayake
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791427262
Category: History
Page: 473
View: 5891

Explores, from a cross-cultural viewpoint and in terms of symbolic expression, the self's problematic relationship to language and art and to the culture embedding the language and art.


Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art
Author: Timothy Clark
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780714124766
Category: Art
Page: 536
View: 4669

Discover Japanese art like no other. Originally created by the artists of the ukiyo-e school of the floating world to advertise brothels in 17th-century Yoshiwara, these popular spring pictures (shunga) transcended class and gender in Japan for almost 300 years. These tender, humorous and brightly coloured pieces celebrate sexual pleasure in all its forms, culminating in the beautiful, yet graphic, work of iconic artists Utamaro, Hokusai and Kunisada. This catalogue of a major international exhibition aims to answer some key questions about what shunga is and why was it produced. Erotic Japanese art was heavily suppressed in Japan from the 1870s onwards as part of a process of cultural modernisation that imported many contemporary western moral values. Only in the last twenty years or so has it been possible to publish unexpurgated examples in Japan and this ground-breaking publication presents this fascinating art in its historical and cultural context for the first time. Within Japan, shunga has continued to influence modern forms of art, including manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art. Drawing on the latest scholarship and featuring over 400 images of works from major public and private collections, this landmark book sheds new light on this unique art form within Japanese social and cultural history. Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art is published to accompany an exhibition at the British Museum from October 2013 to January 2014.


Author: 高岡一弥
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9784756243683
Category: Art
Page: 1
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Yokai Wonderland

More from Yumoto Koichi Collection: Supernatural Beings in Japanese Art
Author: Koichi Yumoto
Publisher: Pie International
ISBN: 9784756249739
Page: 240
View: 8275

A newly revealed collection of Japanese art featuring yokai, the monsters of Japanese folklore