Tokyo cops rap weekly magazines over publication of 'obscene' erotic prints

posted on October 23, 2015

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have warned the editorial departments of four weekly magazines over the publication of erotic images dating back centuries, it was learned on Monday, reports public broadcaster NHK

According to police, the publication of shunga, or erotic woodblock prints, inside magazines Shukan Post, Shukan Taishu, Shukan Gendai and Shukan Asahi Geino along with nude photographs of contemporary women on separate pages could be viewed as "obscene" under the law.

The production of shunga works reached its peak during the Edo Period (1603-1867). While similar in artistic style to ukiyo-e works, which often show courtesans and natural scenes, shunga pieces are highly explicit, typically featuring couples engaged in various sexual positions.

Earlier this month, Shukan Bunshun suspended its editor over the publication of three shunga works. One piece published by the magazine was Katsushika Hokusai's "The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife," which depicts a woman being sexually pleasured by an octopus. In the case of Shukan Bunshun, no images of nude women accompanied the pieces.

The pieces published by Shukan Bunshun were as a part of an introduction to a shunga exhibit now underway at the Eisei Bunko Museum in Bunkyo Ward. The exhibit prohibits visitors under 18 years of age from entering.

source by newsonjapan
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