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, signally or in pairs, with little or no interaction.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

Publisher:

 

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

 

Title: Comical Hand Games, a Collection of Folk Dances (Teasobi d˘ke yosakoi zukushi, 手遊道化 よさこいづくし)

Date: 8th month of 1858

Publisher: Enshű-ya Hikobei

 

Title: Comical Hand Games, a Collection of Folk Dances (Teasobi d˘ke yosakoi zukushi, 手遊道化 よさこいづくし)

Date: 8th month of 1858

Publisher: Enshű-ya Hikobei

Text: 狸がけぬき買に来た, お医者げいしやの供をする, 目くらが眼がねを買て行, かつぱがかつぱを買てゐる, 小町が田町でかごにのり, 天狗が年貢を取に行, 按摩がさんまをさげて行, 不動がぶどうを持てゐる, 喜撰が茶筌をあいします, 親仁がわらじを買て来, 雀が皷にとまつて居, はんにやがあんぎやにあるきます

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

 

Title: The 12 Zodiac Animals as Craftsmen (Jűnishi mitate shokunin zukushi, 十二支見立職人づくし)

Date: c. 1840

Publisher:

 

NOTE: The images show Rat () as wire mesh maker (金網師), Cow () as cartwright (車匠), Tiger () as bamboo worker (竹細工), Hare () as shipwright (船大工), Dragon () as indigo maker (玉師), Snake () as maigo-fuda (metal ID tags attached to children with their zodiac birth year, name, and address) engraver (迷子札彫師), Horse () as comb maker (鼈甲匠),

Sheep or Goat) () as hairdresser (髪結), Monkey() as tailor (股引仕立), Rooster () as karakuri (automata) maker (時計匠), Dog () as bowl maker (碗師), and Boar () as artificial flower maker (造花).á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for the image and information.

 

Title:

Description: craftsmen at workľmaster lumberjack (soma-shi, そま師), master matmaker (tatami-shi, 疂師), master bamboo weaver (kagozaiku-shi, 篭細工師), master cooper (okeya-shi, 桶屋師), master engraver (horimono-shi, ほり物師), master embroiderer (nuihaku-shi, ぬい伯師), master plasterer (sakan-shi, 左官師), and master bow maker (yumi-shi, 弓師).

Date: c. 1841-1842

Publisher: koga-ya katsugor˘

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for the image and information.á

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Description: Birds performing a variety of kabuki scenes

Date: c. 1841

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

 

Title: The Seven Lucky Gods (Shichifukujin, 七福神)

Description: The seven lucky gods with children

Date: c. 1839-1842

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Jűz˘

Signature: Ichiyűsai Kuniyoshi giga ga (一勇斎 國芳 )

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Title:

Date: c. 1841

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Title:

Description: Actors in various roles

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

Title: Crazy Pictures (Ky˘ga, 抂画)

Description: Minamoto Ushiwakamaru (源牛若丸) amused at the contests while Mutsu no Kami Hidehira (陸奥守秀衡) prepares a neck-wrestling band; Sakata no Kintoki (坂田金時) arm-wrestles with Urabe no Suetake (卜部 季武); Oda Harunaga (織田春長, Oda Nobunaga) cheers on Asahina (朝比奈) as he leg-wrestles with one of the Ashinaga (足長島, long leg islanders), cheered by the tiny islanders; Watanabe no Tsuna (渡邊綱) neck-wrestles with the Irabaki demon near the fallen kinsatsu board (禁札) of Hojo Temple as H˘j˘ Tokimasa (北條時政) referees and Tomoe Gozen (巴御前) watches; Nenoi Yukichika (根井大弥太) and Tosanobo Shoshun (土佐坊昌俊) wrestle next to a tetsubo; Satsuma-no-kami Tadanori (薩摩守忠度) and Musashibo Benkei (武蔵坊弁慶) take a neck-wrestling tumble; Shitenno Sato四王天左島) and Sato Masakiyo (加藤 清正, Kato Kiyomasa) get neck-wrestling wrong

Date: c. 1846-1848

Publisher:

 

NOTE: This diptych is signed Ichiyűsai Kuniyoshi giga ga (一勇斎 國芳戯 ).á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

 

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