100 Pleasant Stories

(Hyaku iro-banashi, 百品噺)

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: 蚤のさしあひばなし

Description: An actor listening to the story of a flea named Nomi-no-Sukune, who believes he is a man

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: 醤油樽の天上ばなし

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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

 

Another state of the above design

 

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