The Shunga Collection of the Mito Tokugawa

Japan Review (No.29, 2016, pp. 121-143) has published my research on the shunga collection owned by the Mito Tokugawa, one of the three branches of the Tokugawa family (gosanke). The collection, formed of different types of works (scrolls, books, prints and sex toys), is an important example that documents the high degree of acceptance of erotic art among the Tokugawa family. In particular, the extensive manuscript notes written by the daimyo Tokugawa Nariaki, show that the works were acquired as part of a regular family practice over the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. As a result, this collection helps us understand the uses and the spread of erotic art among the ruling classes in Edo period Japan and the study suggests that it was common for daimyo families to collect shunga.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s