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Japanese: 屁合戦
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Artist Unknown artist
Year Edo period
Dimensions 29.6 cm × 1003.1 cm (11.7 in × 394.9 in)

He-Gassen (Japanese: 屁合戦, literally: "Fart competitions"), also known as Houhi-Gassen (放屁合戦, "Farting competitions") is a Japanese art scroll[1] created during the Edo period by an unknown artist or several unknown artists.[2][3][4][5]

The scroll depicts various scenes with one peculiar characteristic reoccurring throughout the scroll, namely that at least one character is having a bout of flatulence directed against other characters.[2] The scroll was made with the intention to highlight the political and social changes in Japan.[2][6]

The scroll has been digitized by the Waseda University Library.[7]

PHegassen scroll
Complete He-gassen scroll


Further reading[edit]

  • Henshall, Kenneth (2004). A history of Japan: From Stone Age to Superpower (2nd ed.). Palgrave Macmillan. p. 70. ISBN 1-4039-1272-6. 
  • Steele, M. William (2003). Alternative Narratives in Modern Japanese History. Routledge, London. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-134-40408-7. 

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