(The Graduate University for Advanced Studies,
Shunga, Ukiyoe, Prostitute, Japanese Erotic Art, Edo Culture, Pornography, Database, Statistics Iconology, Homosexuality
Heretofore, Shunga has been marginalized and excluded from academic research in favor of nature paintings. Recently, however, numerous book of research on Shunga have been published, and databases of Shunga have been established in universities and research institutes.
This paper analyzes 3500 picture figures of the Shunga collections that are kept by the International Research Center for Japanese Studies and utilizes quantity analysis to examine the picture figures expressed in Shunga.
Shunga is an often misunderstood form of artistic expression. For instance, there is a common misunderstanding that Shunga is the same as pornography and often depicts homosexual acts. This paper attempts to correct such misunderstandings by illuminating the characteristics of Edo Shunga.
As the daily lives of ordinary people were often depicted in the Shunga of the Edo period, this paper also discusses the culture and customs in the Edo period by analyzing the Shunga of the era.