Ukiyo-e The Beauty of Flowers | Japanese Erotica by Kazuhiko Fujuda (Japanese Edition) | 1999



It’s hard to talk about ukiyo-e without discussing Shunga, a genre of wildly popular erotic art literally translated as "spring pictures", and in this book entitled: The Beauty of Flowers. Produced between the 1600s and 1800s, such artwork appealed to all classes in Japan and yet, for most of the 20th century, were banned in the country due to censorship.

In the Western tradition, the idealized nude and—more explicitly—sex has long been sticking points in artistic discourse across generations—controversial for their beauty on the one hand, and their supposedly sinful nature on the other. In stark contrast, Japanese erotica in paintings and prints have held a ubiquitous position in society, starting with the Heian aristocracy of the ninth century and trickling down to a rising, modern urban middle class. While styles have changed over the centuries, these works are connected by a shared celebration of life's fleeting, earthly pleasures under the term ukiyo-e, or The Floating World.

This softcover edition with slipcover has 94 pages of erotic images in full color as shown in woodblock prints in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Condition: New, out of print-no longer available, unbroken spine, excellent condition.