Series of Caricatures of Catfish

(Dke namazu zukushi, 道外なまず尽し)

Publisher: Ki-ya Sjir

c. 1849-1851


The images below are Kuniyoshis original final drawings (hanshita-e) for a series that was never published as woodblock prints. This series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). Two images were drawn on a sheet of paper, about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ban. If the series had been printed, each print would have been about 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters, a size known as chban.



Top title: Namazu no dzuki (Catfish Leveling the Ground)

Top description: Six catfish construction workers level the construction site with the concerted help of a huge octopus

Bottom title: Odoriko dj-ji (Dancer of the Dj-ji Dance)

Bottom description: A fish in the costume of a dj-ji dance under a large bell temple bell




Top title: Sanj kogani (Small Crab of Sanj)

Top description: A crab blacksmith hammers a sword in front of a Shinto altar

Bottom title: Omi no Okane (Okane from mi Province)

Bottom description: A catfish as the strong-woman Okane, restrains a horse by stepping on its lead rope


Top title:

Top description: A catfish on his back after a fall

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Bottom description: Catfish pulling a boat with other catfish as passengers


I am grateful to Michael O'Clair for this image.


Top title:

Top description: Catfish looking at a picture of another catfish as Mongaku under the waterfall bottom

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Bottom description: Catfish looking at the husband-and-wife rocks