falling on one’s bottom / すってんころりん

January 8, 2011

1977Japan007
*exch. 048

25 March 1977, Japan
Animal wrestling on ‘Choju-jinbutsu-giga‘ ( 12-13 Century )
layout: Saburo Watanabe

‘Choju-jinbutsu-giga’ means ‘Animal-person Caricatures’, drawn by unknown artists at a temple in Kyoto, between the 12th and 13th century.  This set of scrolls are regarded as the first Japanese manga.

In this scene, a rabbit is thrown by a frog in sumo wrestling, and not just the frog audience, but also the defeated rabbit are laughing.  I remembered this stamp when I slipped and fell on my bottom on the stairs of a friend’s house a few days ago.

昭和52年3月25日発行
『鳥獣人物戯画』(平安時代末期 – 鎌倉時代初期)
第2次国宝シリーズ 第3集
原画構成者:渡辺三郎

お正月の3日に友人宅の階段ですべって尻もちをつき、まぶたに火花が飛び散りました。その時に思い出したのがこの切手。

『鳥獣人物戯画』の一場面のうさぎの表情が大好きです。こんな風に、すってん転んでもわははと笑っていられるような、そんな一年になったらいいな、と、、。

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