Goldfish

“Goldfish” is a series of ukiyo-e by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861), an ukiyo-e artist who gained prominence in the late Edo period. Goldfish and other aquatic creatures like frogs and turtles are anthropomorphized and portrayed with plenty of humor. During the late Edo period, goldfish became popular pets for ordinary people. The people would have loved seeing their pets portrayed in such a cute way and enjoyed seeing the adorable creatures not only in fishbowls but in ukiyo-e.

In recent years, the Japanese word “kawaii” meaning “cuteness” has spread around the world as one of the key words of Japanese pop culture. But the culture of “kawaii” can already be found in ukiyo-e from the Edo period. In these pictures, the word “giga” meaning “caricature" is written below “Kuniyoshi,” the name of the artist, showing that these pictures are meant to be comical.

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Susano-o no mikoto

Utagawa Kuniyoshi Goldfish

Susano-o no mikoto

8,000yen~ (Excluding Tax)

Hyakumonogatari(One Hundred Tales)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi Goldfish

Hyakumonogatari(One Hundred Tales)

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Ikadanori(The Raftsmen)

Utagawa KUniyoshi Goldfish

Ikadanori(The Raftsmen)

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Saraitonbi(The Thieving Hawk)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi Goldfish

Saraitonbi(The Thieving Hawk)

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Tamaya, Tamaya (Bubble Vendor)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi Goldfish

Tamaya, Tamaya (Bubble Vendor)

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Niwaka Amenbo (Sudden Rain of the Water Gliders)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi Goldfish

Niwaka Amenbo (Sudden Rain of the Water Gliders)

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Sake No Zashiki(A Drinking Party)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi Goldfish

Sake No Zashiki(A Drinking Party)

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Bonbon(The Folksong)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi Goldfish

Bonbon(The Folksong)

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Matoi(Firefighters and the Banner)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi Goldfish

Matoi(Firefighters and the Banner)

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Goldfish (Kingyo Zukushi) 9-piece set

Utagawa Kuniyoshi Goldfish (Kingyo Zukushi)

Goldfish (Kingyo Zukushi) 9-piece set

65,000yen (Excluding Tax)