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Japanese: 屁合戦
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ArtistUnknown artist
YearEdo period
Dimensions29.6 cm × 1003.1 cm (11.7 in × 394.9 in)

He-Gassen (Japanese: 屁合戦, literally: "Fart competitions"), or Houhi-Gassen (放屁合戦), are titles given to a Japanese art scroll,[1] created during the Edo period (1603–1868) by an unknown artist or several unknown artists.[2][3][4]

The scroll depicts various scenes with one peculiar characteristic reoccurring throughout the scroll: at least one character is having a bout of flatulence directed against the other characters.[citation needed]

The scroll has been digitized by the Waseda University Library.[5]

PHegassen scroll
Complete He-gassen scroll


  1. ^ "japanese-fart-scrolls-prove-that-human-art-peaked-centuries-ago". io9.com. Archived from the original on 21 February 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  2. ^ "he-gassen-japan-edo-period-fart-scrolls". www.spoon-tamago.com. Archived from the original on 21 March 2020. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  3. ^ "The Internet Has Officially Discovered The Most Epic Fart Battle In All Of Art History (NSFW)". www.huffingtonpost.com. 23 January 2014. Archived from the original on 8 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Japanese-fart-battle". wtfarthistory.com. Archived from the original on 31 March 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Digitized scroll at the Waseda University Library". Archived from the original on 16 September 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2015.

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.
  • Yano, Akiko (2013). "Historiography of the "Phallic Contest" Handscroll in Japanese Art". Japan Review (26): 59–82. JSTOR 41959817.

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