Japanese sex manuals, literally "spring pictures"
Among the earliest types of printed "Ukiyo-e
," or wood block
printing, shunga were 17th century sex manuals and courtesan critiques
that depicted highly explicit love scenes. The couples are very rarely
completely naked, though. Among the most well-known shunga
are Hiskikawa Moronobu and Sugimura Jihei.
" relates to the craft, Ukiyo-e
Japanese wood block printing