100 Pleasant Stories

(Hyaku iro-banashi)

Publisher: Sawa-ya Kôchichi

1849-1851

 

The series is listed as number 202 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban.

Title: The story is told by a flea, named Nomi-no-Sukune, who believes he is a human being

Description: An actor listening to the story of a flea

Inscription: The flea comes out of a mattress and finds himself in the room of a beautiful woman.  He goes out into the cool summer night and wanders through a bamboo forest.  On his way back, he thinks of her maid servant and proceeds to her quarters where he finds her tending a little boy who is sleeping under a mosquito net.

 

Image courtesy of Tom Taylor

 

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Title: Jorôgumo

Description: A beautiful woman looking at a teakettle decorated with a large fly

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NOTE: A jorôgumo (絡新婦 or 女郎蜘蛛) is a demon in the form of a spider that can change its appearance into that of a seductive woman

  

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