Japan, a land which has never failed to arouse our curiosity. Yet again, it proves how amazingly different the Land of the rising Sun is. This time, the amazement comes in the form of a scroll.
So, what's so different about this scroll that makes it special? Well, it's a Japanese 'Farting scroll.' Don't go back to check what you read. You read it absolutely correctly!
He-Gasse or the farting game/ competition is literally about people farting. Drawn in Edo period (1603 to 1868), these images are really curious.
The depictions include mostly nude figures who are involved in an epic battle of flatulence.
Blowing the gases towards enemies, be it human or animal, are the fun element of the pictures.
We know you can't stop chuckling, so can't we. However, these pictures are actually metaphorical in nature.
It was a comical way of showing the political situation of the time. Needless to say, the inner meaning of the vintage cartoon has faded away with time.
It depicts the mistrust of the Japanese towards the foreigners in the Tokugawa shogunate era.
A set of 12 He-Gasse painting was sold to a collector for $1500.