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English: A namazu-e or catfish motif earthquake art, entitled Shin Yoshiwara ōnamazu yurai or "The cause of the great catfish at Shin Yoshiwara". The women of the pleasure quarters blame the catfish for the earthquake, but the catfish is delighted to have these ladies press flesh with him, and threatens to squirm again (causing aftershock)
日本語: 安政2年の地震直後の瓦版(鯰絵)。題名:「しんよし原大なまづゆらひ(由来)」釈文:「此なまずめ、うぬがおかげで/百ぜに(銭)お六まいなくして/しまつたそのかハりに/ぶちころしてくつて(喰って)/やるそ」等 新吉原の遊女たちが大鯰をなぶる。
Date Edo - 1855
Source 5.安政江戸地震(1855年)と鯰絵 (5 Ansei Edo jishin 1855 to namazu-e). かわら版・鯰絵にみる江戸・明治の災害情報-石本コレクションから (Kawaraban namazu-e ni miru Edo Meiji no saigai joho - Ishimoto collection kara). Tokyo University Library.
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current14:08, 13 June 2012Thumbnail for version as of 14:08, 13 June 20121,849 × 1,320 (526 KB)Kiyoweap (talk | contribs)Higher resolution image, taken from Tokyo U. library site; scale measure and borders trimmed/cropped.
14:17, 14 March 2006Thumbnail for version as of 14:17, 14 March 2006450 × 317 (24 KB)Amcaja (talk | contribs)''Image of a Catfish'' (“Namazu-e''), 1855. The image was created following an earthquake; popular belief at the time was that earthquakes were caused by giant underground catfish. From [
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