It looks like people really knew how to entertain themselves way back when in Japan. Check out these hilarious 17th century scrolls featuring fart battles:
Yes, you read that right! If you think 17th century games were sophisticated, think again. For your entertainment, here’s a look at Japanese fart scrolls, also known as He-gassen, which can be translated as “fart battle” or “competition” and well, it is all about, farting!
The unusual images were created by an unknown artist(s) from an Edo period between 1603 and 1868. The creation is apparently also displayed in a high-resolution digitized format at Waseda University in Tokyo. Of course, the 34-feet long scroll also made it onto the internet for everyone to see.
1. It seems the following people had fart battles with the use of fans and what not:
2. A set of 12 ‘He-gassen’ prints sold for over $1,500 at Christie’s Auction House in the 1990’s. There isn’t a lot of information on Japanese fart battles available, 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, reports Messy Nessy Chic.
Other reports suggest that the scrolls were likely political cartoons of the day, railing against threats to Japan’s isolationist policies due to gunboat diplomacy like the Perry Expedition.
3. A 1986 article in the Chicago Tribune explained: “During the Tokugawa shogunate…Japan was effectively sealed off from the rest of the world. The nation`s all-powerful shoguns expelled thousands of foreigners or restricted their presence to the port city of Nagasaki. Then they proceeded ruthlessly to stamp out such Western influences as Christianity and the enlightened political and social philosophies that were beginning to emerge in Europe.”
4. These are some powerful farts:
5. Looks like nobody was safe:
6. These farts were totally chaotic:
7. Talk about a fart attack:
8. That’s one way of expressing oneself!
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