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Monday, 7 July 2008

Announcing Kanegura - The House of Treasures!

Hosoi Ichiba is very proud to announce a new feature in the market - our little house of treasures, the Kanegura (金蔵). This is a special place for special arts, which we will periodically rotate. The entrance can be found in the main square in front of the pagoda, just follow the steps and immerse yourself in the sumptuousness of the space. Sit for a while and enjoy the cool air, and the beautiful works of art that surround you.

Our first display is a collection of the finest Shunga in Second Life. Shunga (春画) is a Japanese term for erotic pictures, most often woodblock prints, although it has its origins in China. Literally it means "picture of spring" - spring is a common euphemism for sex in japanese culture. While this is significant, it is in fact a contraction of, 'shunkyu-higa,' the Japanese name for Chinese sets of twelve scrolls depicting the twelve sexual acts that the crown prince had to carry out as an expression of yin-yang.

Shunga was made in the sixteenth to eighteenth century by ukiyo-e artists, and was the reserve of the courtier class. Through the medium of narrative handscrolls, sexual scandals from the imperial court or the monasteries were depicted, and the characters tended to be limited to courtiers and monks.

We feel that these paintings would add an authentic atmosphere to your traditional japanese bedroom or sleeping area, to evoke the desired mood.

Warning: Some of these pictures are pretty explicit - please do not visit our exhibition if artistic depictions of sexual acts may offend you.

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