Thought Japan was all refined manners, cherry blossom and sensitive pictures of Mount Fuji? You may need to think again. A new exhibition at the British Museum will blow the lid off the modern image of the Japanese as shy, demure people — and reveals what an extremely sexually liberated nation they once were. From 1600 to 1900 — before Westerners turned up and filled their heads with prudish thoughts — they produced some of the most sexually graphic, yet openly published, art the world has seen. The 500-year-old Japanese erotica_1

A new exhibition at the British Museum will blow the lid off the modern image of the Japanese as shy people – and reveals what a sexually liberated nation they once were. Pictured, a painting by Sugimira Jihei

  So graphic is the British Museum’s show, in fact, that for the first time curators are to introduce an age limit for visitors. Any children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and parents with children under 14 will be warned that the show features sexually explicit images.

The 500-year-old Japanese erotica_2From 1600 to 1900, private individuals were left to their own devices to do pretty much what they wanted sexually – and to illustrate pretty much what they wanted, too

Shunga is unique in pre-modern global culture. The 500-year-old Japanese erotica_3The shunga school of art flourished just as Japan’s geisha girls were at their peak. These were professional hostesses who entertained men with games, dancing, classical music – and sometimes more

The 500-year-old Japanese erotica_4From 1600 to 1900 the Japanese produced some of the most sexually graphic, yet openly published, art the world has seen. Pictured, Lovers in the Upstairs Room of a Teahouse, by Kitagawa Utamaro The 500-year-old Japanese erotica_5If you head to the British Museum next month, then prepare yourself for a glimpse inside the Japanese psyche, ancient and modern, in all its beautiful – and sometimes eye-popping – glory

 Shunga: Sex And Humour In Japanese Art, 1600-1900 opens at the British Museum in October
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  1. Lzzy

    i dont know what rock you must have lived under if you when you say “the British Museum will blow the blow the lid off the modern image of the Japanese as shy, demure people” ether that or you havent seen the internet,. Japan = Fucked up in all areas especially when it comes to there porn or all kinds of media with sexuality in it for that matter over the last decade.
    try for 10 minutes and you and your like-minded that have no clue what the Internet has to offer might get another vision over the Japanese are today.. they might have been like you said 50 years ago but that isnt the case nowadays

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