Cute and Funny Ukiyo-e
Cute and funny creaturesCute animals such as cats, dogs, rabbits and birds, witty racoon dogs, foxes, and peculiar fictional creatures are popular figures in ukiyo-e. Personifying any creature or object, from octopuses and frogs to ground cherries is a specialty of ukiyo-e artists.
Funny peopleA genre of ukiyo-e called “giga (farcical pictures)” which depicts comical subjects was very popular during the Edo period. Slapstick comedies by humorous people and parodies of well-known classic stories were often illustrated by ukiyo-e artist. These ridiculous scenes are equally amusing for present-day viewers.
Cute or eccentric? – Design in Edo.In ukiyo-e, we can often find cute motifs such as animals on kimono patterns. However, these motifs are sometimes surprisingly strange. In this section, let us look at cute and funny designs of kimono in ukiyo-e.
Highlight of the exhibition
Artist Unknown “News of Lightning / Hōnen-uo (The fish of harvest)”
Don’t you think that the monster at the bottom reminds us one of the most famous monsters in a Japanese film? However, it gives off a weird sense of being poorly-made, and it is comical and funny than scary. In fact, this monster is a big fish that is said to have appeared in the Yodo River during the late Edo Period. According to the text in the picture, it had black moss on its back and its eyes were like mirrors. With a body like that of a weasel and legs like those of a turtle, it weighed 75 kilograms and had a length of 2.3 meters. Because the previous time this monster had appeared, there were years of bountiful harvest, people believed in its luck, and named him “Honen-Uo” (The fish of harvest). Despite its peculiar looks, it was in fact a monster of good luck.
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