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Imiri Sakabashira

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"In November 1855, the Great Ansei Earthquake struck the city of Edo (now Tokyo), claiming 7,000 lives and inflicting widespread damage. Within days, a new type of color woodblock print known as namazu-e (lit. "catfish pictures") became popular...mythical giant catfish (namazu)...caused earthquakes by thrashing about in their underground lairs..." Img: Kashima restrains a namazu using the kaname-ishi rock.

"In November 1855, the Great Ansei Earthquake struck the city of Edo (now Tokyo), claiming 7,000 lives and inflicting widespread damage. Within days, a new type of color woodblock print known as namazu-e (lit. "catfish pictures") became popular...mythical giant catfish (namazu)...caused earthquakes by thrashing about in their underground lairs..." Img: Kashima restrains a namazu using the kaname-ishi rock.

Bizarre and beautiful Japanese prints depicting the giant catfish who causes earthquakes

Bizarre and beautiful Japanese prints depicting the giant catfish who causes earthquakes

"Japanese Namazu-e Earthquake Woodblock Print Catfish  Rare Edo period Japanese namazu-e (earthquake fish picture) woodblock print featuring a giant human-like catfish receiving punishment after being found guilty by a judge for causing the Ansei earthquake of 1855."

"Japanese Namazu-e Earthquake Woodblock Print Catfish Rare Edo period Japanese namazu-e (earthquake fish picture) woodblock print featuring a giant human-like catfish receiving punishment after being found guilty by a judge for causing the Ansei earthquake of 1855."

17. Catfish and construction workers partying in the Yoshiwara red-light district, pt. 1 [+]    This print depicts a crowd of namazu and newly prosperous construction workers living it up at a parlor house in the Yoshiwara pleasure district.

17. Catfish and construction workers partying in the Yoshiwara red-light district, pt. 1 [+] This print depicts a crowd of namazu and newly prosperous construction workers living it up at a parlor house in the Yoshiwara pleasure district.

Namazue earthquake catfish picture --

Namazue earthquake catfish picture --

Yoshitaki

Yoshitaki

shintaro kago | etiquetas comics

shintaro kago | etiquetas comics

http://pinktentacle.com/2011/04/namazu-e-earthquake-catfish-prints/

http://pinktentacle.com/2011/04/namazu-e-earthquake-catfish-prints/

This print depicts a namazu as a priest seated inside a giant rosary. The creature does not want to cause any more earthquakes, but the "worshipers" -- tradesmen such as lumber dealers and carpenters who profit from the disaster -- are praying for it to act up again. The ghosts of earthquake victims float overhead.

This print depicts a namazu as a priest seated inside a giant rosary. The creature does not want to cause any more earthquakes, but the "worshipers" -- tradesmen such as lumber dealers and carpenters who profit from the disaster -- are praying for it to act up again. The ghosts of earthquake victims float overhead.

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