“Iro Kaicho Okunoin” – By: Shozan Koikawa (1821-1907)
Created around 1840, this extremely bizarre and comical warai-e print depicts an interesting class in session. A samurai with a penis-face is teaching penis-faced students about the intimate female anatomy. A vulva is revealed behind a red curtain and at the top of the design, a vulva and thighs with some sort of floral penis tattoo frames the image.
Shunga were also referred to as warai-e, or “laughing pictures,” not because they were meant to be humorous, but with the meaning that they were set apart from the normal realm; they belonged to a cultural or conceptual space outside of the mundane realm of real-life propriety and duty. While shunga or warai-e refers to the pictures themselves, or to single-sheet prints of such pictures, the terms shunpon (春本) and warai-hon (笑本) refer to books of such pictures.
Shozan Koikawa was a prolific artist and was active in both the Edo period as well as the Meiji period. Although his shunga work relies heavily on that of his contemporaries, he created a lot of imaginative designs. He published numerous books in which he used various pen names and also made the illustrations for the stories.
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