Toshio Saeki: I did some fantasy erotic drawings and put to paper some scary dreams I remembered from my childhood. The images just flowed. During my teenage years at the art high school, many of the boys had an interest in erotic art. I was good at copying shunga*, and the other boys would ask me to draw dirty pictures. I became quite popular because of it. When I was a teenager, there were boys who noticed when the wind blew girls' skirts up and those who didn't notice at all. Well, I was a boy who noticed. […] Why do I always paint and draw images filled with sex and death? I've never really thought about it. I guess I'm just mischievous and like to surprise people. I don't really do art for self-expression. I'm more conscious of the people who see my work. I see it as a form of entertainment. It can't be boring; it must be entertaining. The more I produce the work, the more I want to top myself each time, to shock people even more. I'm not a violent person myself. I don't engage in the morbid acts I depict. […] My books have received cautions from the local government agency that monitors such things. If you receive three cautions in a year, your book is prohibited from being sold in a bookstore. Of course, my publications have been unpopular with the police, but not enough to be banned. At one time, in the late '70s to early '80s, I couldn't draw the schoolgirl images that are so popular now. Publishers were afraid to publish them. The media had labeled me «schoolgirl Saeki». Today, such images are much more accepted.