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