Re: unknown warai-e book?


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Posted by Alec W. (2.25.206.206) on January 05, 2022 at 22:48:39:

In Reply to: Re: unknown warai-e book? posted by Francis on January 05, 2022 at 19:25:52:

The Library of Congress has a little online exhibit with a brief discussion on this book:

"This work by Ichi˘sai Yoshiume (1819-1879) is a series of humorous illustrations that depict various figures of speech taken literally. On the left, a very rare book wrapper (fukuro) graphically expresses the notion of "breaking open the piggy bank," or in Japanese, "digging up those savings you've tucked away in your navel." On the right, a man is demonstrating a twist on the Confusion precept that teaches to "follow the great and broad Way." Shown here is a man with arms outstretched in an expansive gesture; the sleeves of his garment are actually said to be filled with money to use for bribery."

https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/ukiyo-e/images.html

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