shunga

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English[edit]

A shunga print

Etymology[edit]

From Japanese 春画, from Middle Chinese (t͡ʃʰwin "spring", by extension "sexual", "erotic") + (hwɛ̀ "painting").

Noun[edit]

shunga (uncountable)

  1. A style of Japanese erotic art
    • 2007 October 12, Roberta Smith, “Art in Review”, New York Times:
      The works confound stereotypes of Japanese etiquette, even as they update the tradition of the anatomically explicit shunga print.

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