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HENTAI by Bob Kessel
August 6th, 2009 by admin

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Viewer reacting to “GOKKUN” by Bob Kessel

A Yahoo search for the Japanese loanword HENTAI produces over 7 million hits – more than twice that of better known loanwords such as SAMURAI, GEISHA or SUSHI.
This astonishing number is evidence of the popularity of a genre of erotic MANGA and ANIME referred to as HENTAI by western fans. HENTAI is an artistic expression of pornography in Japan. As opposed to photographic erotica, they allow full use of the imagination as well as scenes that run counter to accepted society and culture. Elements of sexual fantasy are represented in ways that would be impossible to film.
This is not without precedent in Japan. During the Edo Period, which was the heyday of ukiyo-e wood-block prints, ukiyo-e had a pornographic variant, called SHUNGA, which also had scenes that were sometimes surreal.

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“BOUND FOR GLORY”

The new Bob Kessel art series, “HENTAI”, is a candy colored swirl of pastel pinks and purples.
Young Japanese uniformed school girls with dayglo colored hair and giant eyes populate this lusty world of passions fulfilled.  The Hentai series is available as limited edition fine art prints.


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