Luxurious Shihou Chitsu Package
12 + 1 special edition with English explanation
11 colors, FM Screen Printing Method
Full English commentary and preface
Complete reproduction of Japanese Ukiyo-e masterpiece
Now we introduce the book, "Negai no Itoguchi: Prelude of Desire", a collection of 13 masterpieces including the opening illustration of Utamaro Kitagawa, whose works are regarded as Edo treasures.
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400 limited-edition increase the value of this masterpiece as collector’s item. Purchase this book of monumental work at this opportunity.
The book is placed in a luxurious square folder “Shihou Chitsu” and printed on specially-created Japanese “Betsu-suki” paper recreates the texture at that time.
Supervised by Experts
Supervised by Andrew Gerstle and Monta Hayakawa who was also one of the project members of the exhibition at the British Museum Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art
“Sex, sexual pleasure and the depiction of sexuality, the quotation simply puts, are an essential part of life, and we should celebrate this aspect of our existence.”
“Humour is a very important element of shunga and an alternative name for shunga, warai-e (‘laughter pictures’), implies that the works are meant to be entertaining.”
“Epiphanic in a word, namely a savage human behavior, but the essence of the art exists there”
“The most explicit and brilliant pictures of pleasure ever produced.”
Lines by Ikku Juppensha, who was a popular Gisaku writer in the Edo period, are the perfect adornment to the world of Utamaro that is highly regarded worldwide.
You can enjoy conversations between lovers with a full sense of reality as if you were actually there through the English translation of Andrew Gerstle, a project leader of the exhibition "Shunga sex and pleasure in Japanese art" at the British Museum.
The book, "Negai no Itoguchi: Prelude of Desire" is a complete recreation of the masterpieces of Utamaro Kitagawa that is recommended by Tadashi Kobayashi, the president of the International Ukiyo-e Society
One characteristic is that both the man and woman are forthright in expressing their desires and feelings/thoughts. A second is that the men continually chat and joke about using wordplay, so much so that even more than the sex act itself, the dialogue seems to be the focus.