Ikkei Shosai – Low Tide at Susaki (fart scene), from Thirty-Six Comics of the Famous Places of Tokyo

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Shosai, Ikkei


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Oban (10"x15")


Farts, Landscape, People, River / Lake / Ocean

In 1874 Hiroshige III published one of his most popular series, “Thirty-Six Views of Tokyo Civilization”; his former student Ikkei Shosai took it upon himself to parody this series with his own comical versions, “Thirty-Six Comics of the Famous Places of Tokyo”.

Harvesting clams at low tide was a popular past-time; Ikkei Shosai uses that opportunity to take advantage of people bending over to add some humor.

About the Artist

Little is known about Ikkei Shōsai‘s life. He was a student of Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894) and was active between 1860 and the late 1870s. He produced meisho-e (prints of famous places) of a radically changing Tokyo and comic scenes (giga) of Edo Life in the early Meiji Era, such as Comic Scenes of Thirty-six Famous Places in Tokyo (Tōkyō meisho sanjūroku gisen, 1871-1872). His most famous work was the series Forty-Eight Famous Views of Tokyo (Tōkyō meisho shijūhakkei, 1871).