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Index of works "Saeki-Yumenozoki_41.jpg" through "Saeki-26-4.jpg"
Saeki's work is quintessentially Japanese -- from the ethnicity of his subjects to his portrayal of traditional housing with futons, tatami mats and sliding paper doors to his borrowing of various monsters from Japanese mythology. The theme of obsessive sexuality leading to madness and death is common in the film and literature of Japan, and there's a long tradition of Japanese shunga, or erotic prints and paintings, that has been traced back at least to the ukiyo-e (floating world paintings) of the Edo period (1603-1867) in books such as "Sex and the Floating World" by Timon Screech. Screech's book, for instance, contains shunga prints of vaginal inspections (with a cervix's-eye view), dogs humping women and men with colossal, spurting cocks.