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Shunga

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The SHUNGA Erotic Art collection has been created first and foremost for genuine lovers, who conceive of their embrace as an art form. Inspired by Japanese erotic art works from the 16th to the 18th century, and by the history of the SHUNGA, these products act as a medium between lovers as they are about to meet in order to increase their peak of sexual arousal at their most intimate union.

The various packagings are covered with SHUNGA art work and sleek lines reminiscent of Japanese design. Their contents are treasures for arousal, such as aphrodisiac oils, edible body powders, oils and creams for erotic massages, love-enticing balm products, lubricants, and more. Exquisitely crafted, our packagings are a treat for the eye, and will enhance all living rooms and bedrooms.

Translated literally, the Japanese word SHUNGA means "Image of Spring".

But SHUNGA, as it is more commonly known, is actually a word for Japanese works of art, specifically Japanese erotic paintings that were made from the 16th to 18th centuries, by reputable painter of the Ukiyo-e (floating world) period.

At the time, purists of Japanese culture looked down upon SHUNGA art. While artists thoroughly enjoyed painting erotica, they rarely signed their works, preferring instead to remain anonymous and not harm their careers as more serious, classical artists.

While some SHUNGA canvases or prints (paintings on wood blocks) depicted sensual scenes of couples in love, others were intensely pornographic, revealing carnal love in all its splendour.

Artists exposed the human anatomy in full detail, without any concern for discretion or modesty. However, these works were always made with care and in good taste.

Some business minds of the time, who understood the market value of visual stimuli, would hire artists to paint SHUNGA art full time. They would then unveil the works in a hall, where middle-class citizens could come, stare and fantasize - all in exchange for a couple of yens. In a way, this marked the beginning of the pornographic industry as we know it today.

Often printed as tiny booklets called "pillow books", SHUNGA art also served as teaching guides for the sons and daughters of the Japanese bourgeoisie. From the paintings, they learned the art of foreplay, sexual positioning, and proper hygiene.

To this day, SHUNGA remains one of the hidden treasures of traditional Japanese art.

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