Giga (戯画)

 

Giga (or giga-e) can be translated as comic prints or caricatures.á In this section, are prints having many human or anthropomorphic figures, with little or no interaction among the figures.á They are often signed ô一勇斎 国芳 戯画ö, which may be translated as ôplayfully drawn by Ichiyűsai Kuniyoshiö.á The series Illustrated Examples of Mad Sketches and Characters from the Wastepaper Basket would fall into this category.á These prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.á

 

Title: All Sorts on New Amazing Pictures (新案 にたもの あきれるづくし, Shinan nitamo no akireru zukushi)

Date: c. 1841

Publisher:

Kuniyoshi - All Kinds of Frogs (Kaeru zukushi, c, 1842, pub

 

Title: All Kinds of Frogs (Kaeru zukushiクゑるづくし)

Description: Frogs as famous heroes of the kabuki stage

Date: c. 1842

PublisherKoshimura-ya Heisuke

1842    Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘ (rectangle) &Ezaki-ya Tatsuz˘ (circle under double mountain)

 

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Date: 1842

Publisherĺs seals: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘ (rectangle at bottom left) and Ezaki-ya Tatsuz˘ (circle under double mountain under signature)

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Title: Utsushi-e, Japanese Phantasmagoria in Full Color by Toraku (Goku-zaishiki utsushi-e, Toraku)

Date: c. 1827-1830

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NOTE: An utsushi (写し絵) is a traditional Japanese magic lantern show

 

Title: One Hundred People Outside Hokkaido (道外百人猩々)

Date: c. 1839

Publisher: No seal

 

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Date: 8th month of 1858

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Date: c. 1841

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Date: c. 1841

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Jűz˘

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Date: c. 1841

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

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Date: c. 1841

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei and Echizen-ya Heisabur˘

Title: Fashionable Cats Juggling Balls (流行猫の曲鞠 on left sheet and 流行猫の曲手まり on right sheet)

Date: c. 1841

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Title: Fashionable Cats Take on Actorsʼ Roles (流行猫の狂言づくし)

Description: Cats as actors in famous scenes from kabuki plays, with an actor bowing to address the audience in the right lower corner

Date: c. 1839

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Title: Newly Published Childrenĺs Games (新板 子供あそびの芸以づくし)

Size: ďban about 10 by 14 inches (25 by 36 centimeters)

Description: Boys engaged in various tests of strength

Date: c. 1836-1838

Publisher: Ise-ya Rihei

 

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