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Pillowing - The Japanese way of referring to the physical joining of men and women. The term was introduced on the five-part, twelve-hour miniseries SHOGUN (aired 9/15-19/1980) based on James Clavell's epic novel "Shogun" set in the feudal Japan of the early 1600s.

James Clavell's SHOGUN starring Richard Chamberlain

The story followed the adventures of Pilot Major John Blackthorne (Richard Chamberlain) an Englishman whose Dutch ship wrecked off the Japanese coast.

When Anjin-san (Japanese name given to Blackthorne meaning "Pilot") became the guest of the lord Toranaga (Toshiro Mifune), he was treated to the sexual invitation of sharing a bed with one or all three women at his disposal.

When he told them "Perhaps later," his puzzled interpreter Lady Mariko (Yoko Shimada) remarked "How can you be healthy without pillowing. It is very important?"

When she asked Anjin-san, if perhaps, he would prefer a boy, he became outraged and said, "My intimate customs DO NOT include boys!"

Lady Mariko then apologized for her misinterpretation of the matter. Anjin-san later "pillowed" down with Lady Mariko.


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