A Set of Goldfish

(Kingyo tsukushi, 金魚づくし)

Publisher: Murata-ya Jir˘bei



The title of this series is written as 金魚づくし on some prints and as きん魚づくし on others.á This series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á The images are each about 10 by 7 inches (25 by 18 centimeters), a size known as chűban.á Two images were printed on a sheet of paper about 10 by 14 inches (25 by 36 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.á This entire series has been reproduced in recent years (caveat emptor!).á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for assisting with this series.



Title: One Hundred Tales (Hyaku monogatari, 百ものがたり)




Title: The Thieving Kite (Saraitonbi, さらいとんび)


NOTE: The black kite (Milvus migrans) is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae.


Title: Blowing Soap Bubbles (Tamaya tamaya, 玉やし)




Title: A Drinking Party (Sake no zashiki, 酒のざしき)




Title: The Fire Banner (Matoi, まとい)




NOTE: Firemen, armed with their fire hooks, are marching off under the matoi, which warned neighbors and attracted other firemen to the conflagration.


Title: The Raftsmen (Ikadanori, いかだのり)




Title: Sosan˘-no Mikoto (そさのおのみこと)


NOTE: Sosan˘-no Mikoto is the Shinto deity of the sea and storms.á Here he is shown saving Kushinada Hime by defeating the serpent demon Yamata no Orochi.


Title: Sudden Rain of Water Striders (Niwaka amenb˘, にはかあめんぼう)


Note: The title is a pun on sudden rain (niwaka ame) and water strider (amenb˘)




Title: Bonbon (ぼんぼん)

Description: Singing the ôbonbonö song for the obon festival