Shunga. Aesthetics of Japanese Erotic Art by Ukiyo-e Masters

Shunga. Aesthetics of Japanese Erotic Art by Ukiyo-e Masters
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Shunga. Announcing the release of a sophisticated and visually stunning celebration of Shunga following last year’s successful exhibition at the British Museum.

Shunga. Aesthetics of Japanese Erotic Art by Ukiyo-e Masters

Shunga – Aesthetics of Japanese Erotic Art by Ukiyo-e Masters

Tokyo, 17/November, 2014 PIE International Inc. announces the global publication in November 2014 of ‘Shunga: Aesthetics of Japanese Erotic Art by Ukioy-e Masters’, a 592 page, large format art book which showcases pieces by great ukiyo-e masters such as Katsushika Hokusai and Kitagawa Utamaro.

The most outstanding feature of this title is the beautiful book design. The unique book package created by Kazuya Takaoka, an award-winning art director in the field of book design and graphic design, distinguishes Shunga from all other art books and Exhibition catalogues. The dynamic layout gives the book an intimate feel which allows readers to feel as though they are confronting individual works, as they would in real life. This bilingual book (Japanese /English) is full-colour throughout and will appeal not only to lovers of the Shunga art form but also to readers who have appreciation for the arts internationally. Showcasing pieces by ten great ukiyo-e masters offer fascinating insights into Japanese printing techniques in the early modern period, as well as displaying an unparalleled collection of these inimitable pieces of art for a contemporary audience. A fascinating look at one of the earliest forms of erotic art, this book will be treasured by admirers around the world.


Shunga is a term for erotic art, especially the works which became popular in Edo period (1603-1868) as a part of ukiyo-e. Shunga literally means ‘spring pictures’, while spring is an euphemism for sex in Japan.

Thanks to innovative woodblock printing techniques and high-grade materials, the quantity and quality of Shunga paintings increased dramatically by the late Edo period (end of the18th century), and those which depict love affairs bacame artistically expressive and grew in popularity. In early Meiji era (1868-1912), most Shunga works of an erotic nature were lost to foreign countries because the Japanese modern government prohibited the trading of Shunga art, and the growth of ‘Japonism’ saw an increase in the influence of Japanese art on Western culture. Although Western museums had long concealed Shunga, they recently open access to those great collection at some exhibitions and such brings increase the visibility as well as the number of Shunga fans all over the world.

About PIE International Inc./:

PIE International, with the brand name of ‘PIE Books’ is based in Tokyo, and was established in 1985. We started publishing specialist books for graphic designers, and have now expanded our range to the categories below, with emphasis always on the quality of the visual image;Graphic Design / Art&Japanese Culture (Traditional and contemporary)/ Photography / Children’s books /Comic Art / Hobby&Lifestyle We have local distributors and representatives in many countries in Asia-pacific, Europe and North America and export our books worldwide.

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