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Utagawa Kunisada  歌川国貞  ( 1786 -1864 ) 

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Utagawa Kunisada’s celebrated Koi no Yatsu Fuji -series.

Koi no Yatsu Fuji, published at the New Year in 1837, is a shunga version of Satomi Hakkenden-den, the most representative work of Kyokutei Bakin (also known as Kyokutei Shujin), originally published in 1814-1842. Both its text and illustrations are clever parodies of the original work. The author’s name is given as “Kyokudori Shujin,” a perversion of “Kyokutei Shujin” and is the pseudonym of the gesaku writer Hanagasa Bunkyo. The illustrations are by Bukiyo Matahei, otherwise known as Kunisada. The title is a version of the “eight tufts of hair-amulets (yatsubusa)”of the dogs in the original work, which appear as such in the main text; but for some reason the term is yatsu fuji in the title. The inside title reads Nanso Sattomi Hakken-den.

To give a sense of the nature of the parody involved, the first lines of Bakin’s work read, “When the military prowess of the Shogun in Kyoto and his lieutenant in Kamakura began to decline and the world (yo) fell into bitter conflict, they grew paranoid and took refuge along the Eastern Sea (Tokai)....” The parody begins,“When the armies of concubines (shogun) in Kyoto and prostitutes in Kamakura began to decline and fornicate, the night (yo) was given over to the fires of lust (Tokai)....” The illustrations also cleverly transform the most famous scenes from the original, such as the Battle of Horyu Castle and the parting of Shino and Hamaji, into erotic images. The relationship between Princess Sasehime (Fusehime in the original) and the canine hero Yatusbusa has nothing of the ambiguity it does in the original. 

It is an overt depiction of bestial relations, all covertly observed through a telescope ( > p2687 and > p2690 below ! ) by Sasehime’s father Satomi Yoshizane. Although there is no publication date, given that Hakken-den was performed to great acclaim at Edo’s Morita-za under the title of Haken-den Uwasa no Takadono in 1836 (it had already been staged in Osaka in 1834) it seems likely that the parody was produced to take advantage of the Kabuki-version publicity for New Year’s of 1837.

The title Koi no Yatsu Fuji is extremely difficult to translate and is emblematic of the often numerous layers of meaning found in shunga book and print titles. Literally it could be translated as The Love of Yatsufuji. But yatsu in this case also connotes ‘eight’ and therein lies the connection with the subjectmatter. Koi no Yatsu Fuj is a shunga parody of the serialized best-seller Nanso Satomi hakkenden (The Legend of the Eight Dog Heroes, 1814-42) by Takizawa (Kyokutei) Bakin (1767-1848). The name of the auhor, Kyokudori Shujin, is a corruption of Kyokutei Shujin, a pseudonym of Bakin and of the gokan author Hanagasa Bunkyo (1785-1860?). The attribution of the illustrations to Kunisada is certain because ‘Bukiyo Matahei’ is one of Kunisada’s pseudonyms. It appears twice in this book.

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Blissful Lover – c.1837.

Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Drinking Sake – c.1837.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 2/5” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and very good condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Two very small wormholes (tissue backed) in margin only otherwise fine state!

“A townsman is drinking sake while having sex with his blissful lover.”

This series is discussed in depth by the eminent shunga connoisseur Yoshikazu Hayashi in The Complete Ukiyo-e Shunga (Vol.6) which includes all the illustrations !

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Rape –Tattooed Villian – Mosquito Net – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Rape –Tattooed Villian – Mosquito Net – c.1837.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 2/5” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and very good condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. One very small wormhole (tissue backed) in margin only otherwise fine state!

“An intimate couple is widely interrupted by a tattooed scoundrel who is chasing the terrified woman.”

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Over The Shoulder – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Over The Shoulder – c.1837.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 2/5” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and very good condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Two very small wormholes (tissue backed) mainly in the margin otherwise fine state!

“A courtesan is hanging over the shoulders of a client while he is stroking her private parts.”

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Doggy Style – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Doggy Style – c.1837.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 2/5” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and very good condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Some very small wormholes (tissue backed), mainly in the margin otherwise fine state!

“A husband is taking his wife doggy style. Their married status is confirmed by the 
woman’s black teeth (ohaguro).”

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Epic Battle On The Roof – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Epic Battle On The Roof – c.1837.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 2/5” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and very good condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Some tiny wormholes (tissue backed), mainly in the margin, otherwise fine state!

“Dazzling scene with a man battling multiple swordswomen on a roof. 
The movement of the design is enhanced by the depiction of one of the females partly out of the frame and the flowing horizontal lines of the roof.“

Reference: p.163 (Ill.16) in Encyclopedia of Japanese Erotic Art: Shunga (Vol.2) by Ofer Shagan.

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Obtrusive – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Obtrusive – c.1837.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 9 1/2” x 6 1/5” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and very good condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Two miniscule wormholes (tissue backed), mainly in the margin, otherwise fine state!

“An obtrusive man is forcing himself upon a woman.”

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Couple Behind Mosquito Net – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Couple Behind Mosquito Net – c.1837.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 2/5” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and near fine condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Minor marks and flaws only!

“A couple making love behind a mosquito-net are enviously observed by a samurai standing 
in the door-post.”

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – After Dinner – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – After Dinner – c.1837.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 1/5” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and near fine condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Minor marks and flaws only!

“After dinner a couple is relaxing on a verandah by night.”

This series is discussed in depth by the eminent shunga connoisseur Yoshikazu Hayashi in The Complete Ukiyo-e Shunga (Vol.6) which includes all the illustrations !

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Brothel – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Brothel – c.1837.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 1/5” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and near fine condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Minor marks and flaws only!

“A scene displaying the activities within the dorms of a brothel. In the foreground a servant is whispering something exciting into the ear of an impatient customer. In the background, depicted from an unusual vertical perspective, a couple is making love. Their faces invisible from the perspective of the viewer.”

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Mistress – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Mistress – c.1837.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 1/5” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and near fine condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. One minute wormhole (margin), otherwise fine state!

“A man is suspiciously looking behind him while making advances to his mistress.”

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – High-Class Hooker – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – High-Class Hooker – c.1837.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 1/5” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and near fine condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Minor marks and flaws only!

“A high-class courtesan (as indicated by the luxurious hair-pins), in Japanese called oiran, is depicted in a firm embrace with a regular customer.”

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Ghost – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Ghost – c.1837.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 9 1/2” x 6 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and near fine condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Minor marks and flaws only!

“A striking scene featuring a female ghost appearance.”

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Lesbianism – Threesome – c.1837. 

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Lesbianism – Threesome – c.1837.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 1/5” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and near fine condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Minor marks and flaws only!

“General Satomi Yoshizane is having sex two female lovers (who have a seperate lesbian encounter) on a large gold colored carpet with floral motif while watching through a giant telescope. A comical detail is the suprised archer in the background looking at them from behind the hill.”

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Lustful Samurai – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Lustful Samurai – c.1837.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 1/5” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and near fine condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Minor marks and flaws only!

“A lecherous (look for the outstretched tongue!) noble samurai is penetrating a woman of the same descent (possibly Princess Fusehine).”

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Spy Glass – c.1837. 

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Spy Glass – c.1837.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 2/5” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and near fine condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Minor marks and flaws only!

“The text on this print explains that General Satomi Yoshizane is looking through his spy-glass towards a cave on Mount Fuji. In the Eight Dog Heroes tale, Satomi Yoshizane is the Lord of Awa and the father of Princess Fuse (Fusehine). In a convoluted chain of events Fusehine marries the brave family dog Yatsufusa and eventually gives birth to a litter of eight pups, each of whom bears the character of inu, or ‘dog’, in their names.”

Reference:

p.192 (Ill.73a) in Japanese Erotic Fantasies by Chris Uhlenbeck.

 

p.224 (Ill.108) in Sex and the Floating World by Timon Screech.

This series is discussed in depth by the eminent shunga connoisseur Yoshikazu Hayashi in The Complete Ukiyo-e Shunga (Vol.6) which includes all the illustrations!

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Various Poses – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Various Poses – c.1837.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 1/4” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and near fine condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Minor marks and flaws only!

“Terrific design featuring four intimate couples in various poses.”

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Four Couples – Cunnilingus – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Four Couples – Cunnilingus – c.1837.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 1/4” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and near fine condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Minor marks and flaws only!

“Dreamy image portraying four intimate couples in various stages of love-making (cunnilingus, doggy style, post-coital and missionary).”

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Bestiality Masterpiece – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Bestiality Masterpiece – c.1837.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 1/4” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and near fine condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Very nice state!

“The canine hero Yatsufusa forces himself upon princess Fushemine. 
Superb use of the karazuri-e technique (embossing/gauffrage) to the dog’s fur !”

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Heaven – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Heaven – c.1837.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 11 1/5” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and very good condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Some traces of ink, minor marks and flaws.

“Two men have an encounter with seven women in heaven.”

 

 


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Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Blue Mountain – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Mythical figure – c.1837.

Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Blue Mountain – c.1837. Shunga – Kunisada – Eight Dog Heroes – Mythical figure – c.1837.

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Description:

p2695. 
Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 6 1/4” x 9 2/5” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and near fine condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Some miniscule holes, minor marks and flaws.

“A peaceful image featuring a mountain and accompanying text and poem.”

p2696.  
Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Erotic picture). Date: 1837 (New Year). Size: 6 2/3” x 9 1/3” inches. Excellent impression (with gauffrage and metallic pigments!), fine color and very good condition. Series: ‘Koi no yatsufuji (Eight Dog Heroes)’. Some tiny binding holes, minor marks and flaws.

“A frontispiece featuring a red stamp of a female mythical figure sitting on a giant dog holding a scroll. 
The below Japanese text displays the title of the series.”

 

 


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