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Social Scenes
Ménage à trois
The Companions
Ishikawa Toyonobu
Miyagawa Isshô
Wakashu and Lover Holding Hands
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gay art While a great many instances of sex between men depicted here involve commercial sex, and all involve sexual relations between social unequals, it does not necessarily follow that human emotions were not respected. Indeed, nanshoku was admired for the way it could transcend barriers of class and age, joining together individuals who otherwise would not and could not have related, in the strictly segregated society of pre-modern Japan. In these images of courtship we see the rich display of emotions of men in love, or out of it: desire, lust, fear, tenderness, surprise, and humor.
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