Antique Chronicles of Japanese erm, Fart Competitions

By

12th Jul, 2013

To send you off for the weekend, here are the seventeenth century Japanese fart scrolls you didn’t ask for. The unusual images from an Edo period between 1603 and 1868, are known as ‘He-gassen’, which can only be translated as “fart battle” or “competition” and they’re all about, well, farting!

It’s Friday, and on Fridays, I get a little immature…

In the 90s, a collection of these scrolls were sold for $1,200 at a Christie’s auction. There is very little academic information on Japanese farting battles but researcher Steffen Remvik notes that similar drawings were used to ridicule westerners towards the end of the Edo period in response to increasing intrusion of Europeans.

On Monday we can go back to pretending toilet humour does not amuse us.

Sources: Naruhodo, Tofugu

:::

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:

.

You Might Also Like

Comments

More in Desirable DigsDon't Be A TouristEditor's PicksFoodaholics anonymousInspiration VaultLife is MessyNostalgiaOff-Beat & Little KnownTime travel

Hot Off the Press

Editor's Picks

2085324598_fc0da2fbc1_o

An Illustrated Guide to the Human Race circa. 1960s

The internet is a little bit like a maze of doors, some that lead to a spiralling descent of procrastination and some, though not many, can lead to forgotten treasure. Today I picked the winning doo...

Trending 3,692
chanel5

This DIY Gift Guide Rules: Cheap, Last Minute Ideas!

So it's that time of year again when magazines do their crappy annual gift guides, "guiding" you to buy $100 cashmere socks, $75 scented candles and generally the most mundane, over-priced gift ideas ...

Trending 24,713
xavi11

The Hidden Feast in a Barcelona Factory After Dark

We left the Barcelona night behind us, disappearing through a graffiti-covered door on a bustling back street of locals going about their downtown nocturnal hustle. All we have is this calling ca...

Trending 6,052