A Geek in Japan | The 48 Japanese sexual positions
Adventures of a geek living in Japan
japan, a geek in japan, kirai, kirainet
660
single,single-post,postid-660,single-format-standard,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,select-theme-ver-2.3,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-4.5.3,vc_responsive

The 48 Japanese sexual positions

Four years ago one of the first presents I brought back from Japan for my Spanish friends was this:

Alb
In the middle it is written: 四十八手 (48 arms-hands)

These are the illustrations of 48 Japanese sexual positions, let’s say that it is the Japanese kamasutra. Four years ago I did not think about the origins of these positions and the funny traditional illustrations, but two weeks ago when I when to eat Chankonabe to Ryogoku (Where the most important Sumo stadium is) I found this new catalog of positions in the restaurant’s toilet:

Alb
The same word is written in the bottom-right corner 四十八手 (48 arms-hands).

These are not sumo sexual positions :) these are basic winning techniques used in sumo combats. Both catalogs looked to me pretty similar, the same drawing style and both with the same mysterious word 四十八手 (48 hands-arms). The word 四十八手 started to be used 1000 years ago to talk about all the basic techniques in sumo combats. There were not really exactly 48 techniques, but the number 48 was used because from long ago in Japan it is believed that the number 48 brings good fortune.

500 years later, during the Edo period, the same word 四十八手 started to be used with the sexual meaning. The meaning in the sexual context started to be “all the basic sexual techniques”. In this case there are exactly 48 of them.

Concluding, let’s say that the 48 positions Japanese kamasutra was inspired by the 48 basic sumo techniques. Nowadays the word 四十八手 [しじゅうはって] can also be used in many contexts as “all those tricks known in X”, but it is not a very common word used outside of the sumo world.

Sources wikipedia 1, wikipedia 2 y wikipedia 3.

17 Comments
  • paul

    March 9, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    some of those positions look the same

  • blauereiter

    March 15, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Omoshiroi ! :]

  • Mike

    March 15, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Haha. I found the exact same product in Don Quixote!

  • sexual positions photo

    May 27, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    best sexual positions

  • Jack

    June 28, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Hi, i fom pattaya city. Who want to come to pattaya. Call me on this no.0805724809. My name Jack. I’m 29 years old men. i can do best sexual positions. My cock is very big 9 enchies longer and i love to licking pussy.

  • sexual positions photo

    September 1, 2009 at 5:04 am

    new best sexual positions

  • تجريبي كوم

    October 6, 2009 at 10:50 am

    new thank u

  • fareed

    November 28, 2009 at 10:57 am

    i like sexual asian and love age 29 – 40 im marieed

  • Pedro

    May 21, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Gostei delas.

  • monkey

    August 10, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Dude! we made more than you showed…. its endless…

  • gshemg

    September 19, 2010 at 7:44 am

    great items but all as usual nothing new

  • hadi

    February 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

    juuuuuuuuuuuaaaaancoooooooooook kabeeeeeeeeeee…..

  • […] a “48 positions,” a Kama Sutra-style Japanese sex blueprint (originally itself a satire of a blueprint of sumo wrestling techniques). The BSO agents called Detective Maureen Bryden of a High-Tech Crime Unit and presumably described […]

  • […] which is a kind of Japanese Kama Sutra, which is itself a parody of the 48 Sumo positions. This link has background on the source […]

  • […] which is a kind of Japanese Kama Sutra, which is itself a parody of the 48 Sumo positions. This link has background on the source […]

  • mamaluv

    May 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    something must be wrong i have come up with51 possitions

  • […] which is a kind of Japanese Kama Sutra, which is itself a parody of the 48 Sumo positions. This link has background on the source […]