日本萬歳百撰百笑. 北京の摘草. [Nihon banzai hyakusen hyakushō. Pekin no tsumikusa]. [Picking plants in Beijing. Banzai Japan Series. 100 Selected Comical Cartoons]. KIYOCHIKA KOBAYASHI, 小林清親.
日本萬歳百撰百笑. 北京の摘草. [Nihon banzai hyakusen hyakushō. Pekin no tsumikusa]. [Picking plants in Beijing. Banzai Japan Series. 100 Selected Comical Cartoons].

日本萬歳百撰百笑. 北京の摘草. [Nihon banzai hyakusen hyakushō. Pekin no tsumikusa].
[Picking plants in Beijing. Banzai Japan Series. 100 Selected Comical Cartoons].

東京. [Tokyo]. 松木平吉. [Matsuki Heikichi]. 明治28 [ 1895]. Stock ID #170394

Colour woodblock print, light even browning with a little soiling at edges, a little mild creasing but otherwise good. 37.3 x 25cm.

This print is one from a satirical series of 50 Nishiki-e by Kobayashi Kiyochika. Published during or soon after the Sino-Japanese war, it depicts two Japanese soldiers in weed-filled field near Beijing. One says 'Hey look! - I'd been planning to tear down the fortress of Peking and grow pen-pen grass [a weed that commonly grows on wasteland in Japan] but see, it's like this [a weed-filled wilderness] already'. This is followed by comments about the weakness and lack of self-respect of China, and a series of puns about the wild plants which they proceed to pick. One of the plants is bracken, also a plant that flourishes in wasteland and is used in Japanese cooking but is poisonous if not processed properly.

A classic piece of highly nationalist nineteenth century Japanese humour, not unlike some of the humour to be found in English-language comic magazines like Punch around the same era..

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