>>5680395>Can you give me more information on this?
Western style government, fashion, concept of marriage.
I've heard that Buddhist priests were pressured into marriage along Protestant priest lines, but I think that happened earlier and for a different reason.
In all aspects but religion and facial appearance Japan was a western nation. The Koreans in the 1870s said as much, saying Japan was no longer Asian. > I always correlated their industrialization and modernization to the Portuguese showing up.
Portuguese showed up in the mid 1500s, Japan isolated itself from the world in 1610s, and didn't open up again until the 1850s. During this time only the Dutch were allowed to trade with Japan, and only on the island of Deijima. The Portuguese were banned from Japan because of their missionary activities. The Catholic church in Japan was basically a Portuguese colonial mission. And the Japanese had heard from the Spanish what that the Portuguese first convert people, when ask people to give the church land, the use the land as a landing base for invasion, similar to what happened in parts of Africa.
tldr; no its very different and about 300 years apart. >What gave rise to this Ero-guro? Any cultural forces or influences at play, or is this just a case of artists pushing boundaries as you say?
Mass media, a real lack of government censorship (which would change in the 30s as the military took power), it could be seen as apart of the global 1920s culture of excess, 1900s spiritualism, or cultural movements in Germany at the same time.