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Fumoto no iro

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Fumoto no iro (麓の色 Sex in the Foothills) is a novel and treatise on homosexual behavior (nanshoku (男色)) published in Japan in 1768 that tells the story of a sixty-year-old gigolo named Ogiya Yashige. Though fictional, Yashige is considered a precursor to modern Japanese notions of sexual morality, which dictates that (gay) male prostitutes are already past their prime at seventeen years of age. Pubescent boys were anal penetrators; pre-pubescent boys were to be penetrated.


  • Fumoto no iro. 1768.
  • Screech, Timon (1999). Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan, 1700-1820. University of Hawai'i Press, Honolulu.