Miscellaneous comic series,

Part I

 

 

Series: Treasury of Humor Modeled by Toads (Gama-tehon hyôkingura, 蝦蟇 手本ひやう きんぐら)

Robinson: 85

Top title: Daijo - Tsurugaoka Hachimangu no ba (At the Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine

Bottom title: Nidanme Momoi yakata no ba (At Momoi’s mansion)

Description: Acts 1 and 2 of Kanadehon Chûshingura

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: c. 1847-1848

Publisher: Yamato-ya Kyûbei

 

NOTE: This print series portrays toads in humorous situations resembling scenes from the kabuki play, Kanadehon Chûshingura. 

 

Series: Treasury of Humor Modeled by Toads (Gama-tehon hyôkingura, 蝦蟇 手本ひやう きんぐら)

Robinson: 85

Top title: Sandanme Ashikaga yakata uramon no ba

Bottom title: Yondanme omotemon no ba

Description: Acts 3 and 4 of Kanadehon Chûshingura

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: c. 1847-1848

Publisher: Yamato-ya Kyûbei

 

Image courtesy of Richard Illing

Series: Treasury of Humor Modeled by Toads (Gama-tehon hyôkingura, 蝦蟇 手本ひやう きんぐら)

Robinson: 85

Title:

Description:

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: c. 1847-1848

Publisher: Yamato-ya Kyûbei

Series: Treasury of Humor Modeled by Toads (Gama-tehon hyôkingura, 蝦蟇 手本ひやう きんぐら)

Robinson: 85

Title:

Description: Toad resembling Mount Fuji

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: c. 1847-1848

Publisher: Yamato-ya Kyûbei

Series: Fukusuke Fitted to One’s Thoughts (Omou ni kanai Fukusuke, おもう事叶福助)

Robinson: 177

Title:

Description: Fukusuke having trouble getting his head through a door and Fukusuke’s head as a paper lantern

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: 1843-1846

Publisher: Kobayashi Tajirô

 

NOTE: Fukusuke is one of the seven gods of good luck.  He is usually portrayed as a dwarf with a large head. 

Series: Fukusuke Fitted to One’s Thoughts (Omou ni kanai Fukusuke, おもう事叶福助)

Robinson: 177

Title: Defying a sliding door (Fusuma yaburi) and sedan chair (kago)

Description: This scene illustrates the popular Edo pastime of ‘head pulling’ (kubihiki) - a trial of strength.  Fukusuke has ruined the sliding door with his enormous head

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: 1843-1846

Publisher: Kobayashi Tajirô

Series: Fukusuke Fitted to One’s Thoughts (Omou ni kanai Fukusuke, おもう事叶福助)

Robinson: 177

Title: A feast (Gochisô) and atamazori on bottom

Description: Fukusuke is attending a wedding reception.  When congratulating the couple Fukusuke’s enormous head is causing a chaotic scene ruining the feast.  The groom, a geisha holding a samisen and a child are quickly getting out of the way.  Bottom: four men are shaving Fukusuke’s enormous head.

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: 1843-1846

Publisher: Kobayashi Tajirô

 

Series: Likenesses of the Fart in a Series of Comic Farts (He no yôna dôke he-zukushi)

Robinson: 189

Title:

Description:

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: c. 1845

Publisher: Nomura-ya Tokubei

 

I am grateful to Michael R. O’Clair for this image.

Series: Eight Successful Plays Performed by Bats (Yatsu atari dôke kômori, 八つ当田りどふけかふもり)

Robinson: Not listed

Top: The Monkey Trainer (Saru mawashi)

Bottom: Stone Steps at Toba (Toba no koizuka)

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: 1844-1846

Publisher: Jôshû-ya Kinzô

Series: Eight Successful Plays Performed by Bats (Yatsu atari dôke kômori, 八つ当田りどふけかふもり)

Robinson: Not listed

Top: A parody of the play, Sukeroku

Bottom: A daimyo with female attendants

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: 1844-1846

Publisher: Jôshû-ya Kinzô

Series: Eight Successful Plays Performed by Bats (Yatsu atari dôke kômori, 八つ当田りどふけかふもり)

Robinson: Not listed

Top: A parody of the play, Chûshingura

Bottom: Unidentified

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: 1844-1846

Publisher: Jôshû-ya Kinzô

 

Series: Moral Philosophy Illustrated for Children (Shingaku osana etoki)

Robinson: Not listed

Title:

Description: Demon and Snow Daruma

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: c. 1842-1843

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi

 

NOTE: Shingaku is a form of neo-Confucianism particularly influential in the Edo-period.  For a chûtanzakuban series having the same title see Moral Philosophy Illustrated for Children.

 

Series: Moral Philosophy Illustrated for Children (Shingaku osana etoki)

Robinson: Not listed

Title:

Description:

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: c. 1842-1843

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi

 

 

Series: Moral Philosophy Illustrated for Children (Shingaku osana etoki)

Robinson: Not listed

Title:

Description:

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: c. 1842-1843

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi

 

 

Series: Moral Philosophy Illustrated for Children (Shingaku osana etoki)

Robinson: Not listed

Title:

Description:

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: c. 1842-1843

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi

 

 

Series: Kuniyoshi’s Parody on the Samurai’s Loyalty (Gishi no seichû Yoshi ga tawamure, 義の誠忠芳戯)

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Description:

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: 1847-1852

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensaburô

 

 

Series: Kuniyoshi’s Parody on the Samurai’s Loyalty (Gishi no seichû Yoshi ga tawamure, 義の誠忠芳戯)

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Description: Moronao’s waistband giving off an offensive odor (top); Moto-oki blowing his whistle as he comes upon a cat, which he has mistaken for Moronao, in the latter’s bed (bottom)

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: 1847-1852

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensaburô

 

 

Series: Kuniyoshi’s Parody on the Samurai’s Loyalty (Gishi no seichû Yoshi ga tawamure, 義の誠忠芳戯)

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Description: Rônin manipulating a scarecrow as a ghost to frighten his comrades (top); Rônin making huge head of Moronao out of snow (bottom)

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: 1847-1852

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensaburô

 

Series: Comic Sweet Corn (Dôke tômorokoshi, 道外 とうもろこし)

Robinson: Not listed

Title: The Shakkyô Dance (Shakkyô no shyosagoto, 石橋の所作事)

Description: A dancing corncob accompanied by a pumpkin and a sweet potato playing the flute

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: 1842-1846 (censor Watanabe Shôemon)

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwazô (seal , 上総屋)

Series: Comic Sweet Corn (Dôke tômorokoshi, 道外 とうもろこし)

Robinson: Not listed

Title: Kasane at the Kinu River (Kinugawa no kasane, きぬ川のかさね)

Description: A ghost under a willow tree along the riverbank is bending over a samurai who is hiding a sickle

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: 1842-1846 (censor Watanabe Shôemon)

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwazô

 

Series: Anthropomorphized Octopuses for the 53 Stations of the Tôkaidô (蛸の入道五拾三次)

Robinson: Not listed

Title:

Description:

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date:

Publisher:

 

 

Another state of the above print.  Note that the publisher’s seal has been replaced by the number 3 () in the left lower corner.

 

Series: Anthropomorphized Octopuses for the 53 Stations of the Tôkaidô (蛸の入道五拾三次)

Robinson: Not listed

Title:

Description:

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date:

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

 

 

Series: Successful Plays with Frolicking Dogs (Atari doshi inu no tawamure, 当田どし犬の戯)

Robinson: Not listed

Top title: Dog ken (Inuken)

Bottom title: Mysterious lights on the sea (Shiranui)

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: 3rd month of 1850

Publisher: Ôta-ya Takichi

 

NOTE: The Japanese word ‘atari’ means a hit or a success.

 

 

Series: Frolicking Dogs (Inu no tawamure, 犬のたわむれ)

Robinson: Not listed

Top title: The rag picker (Kuzuhiroi)

Bottom title: The dog’s revenge (Inu no katakiuchi)

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: 1849

Publisher: Ôta-ya Takichi

 

Series: Kuniyoshi’s Skillfully Anthropomorphized Turtles (百亀家久)

Robinson: Not listed

Top title: Acrobatics (Karuwaza)

Top description: A ropewalking turtle

Bottom title: Comparing the Four Brave Samurais (Shitenno mitate)

Bottom Description: A turtle riding a crab.  This parodies the four brave acts of Minamoto no Yorimitsu.

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: c. 1840s

Publisher: Fûyo

Series: Kuniyoshi’s Skillfully Anthropomorphized Turtles (百亀家久)

Robinson: Not listed

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: c. 1840s

 

NOTE: This is a key block print, courtesy of Richard Illing

 

Series: Thunder (Kaminari, )

Robinson: Not listed

Top description: Two assistants of the thunder god Raijin catching another demon disguised as a peasant with hooked rods

Bottom description: Zhong Kui (Shôki) Hates Thunder (Kaminari kirai no Shôki, 雷きらひの鍾馗) Shôki hiding under netting from the appearance of Raijin amongst thunder clouds

Format: Chûban (about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) printed two per sheet 

Date: c. 1840

 “Robinson”’ refers to listing in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson, 1961, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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