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I was doing research for another post a while back, and found something a bit…unusual. It was an old Japanese scroll about farting.

No, you didn’t misread that last sentence. The whole scroll, which is called He-Gassen (“The Fart Battle”) is just about people farting. Farting at other people, farting at cats, farting off of horses, farting into bags; just farting everywhere.

Why? I couldn’t really tell you. I’ve tried to do some research but, believe it or not, academic literature on Japanese farting is surprisingly few and far between.

I found some relevant articles on my old university’s academic databases, but the only way I could obtain them would be to request them printed out and go pick them up. Which, you know, isn’t something I really want to do.

I can only imagine what it would be like if I went back to school to pick up my fart literature:

“Hi, how can we help you?”

“I’m here to pick up some articles I put on hold.”

“Sure, what are they about?”

“Well, they’re, um, about farting.”

“…”

I did find out enough to know that this isn’t the only farting scroll out there in existence – in fact, in the 90s, a collection of fart scrolls sold for $1,500 at the famous Christie’s auction house. I am not making this up.

I also found out that the famous uikyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi also dabbled in fart art, painting a piece depicting dudes farting at each other.

Perhaps the greatest piece of this farting scroll is a giant panorama of four dudes farting into a building, and the chaos ensuing within. Click on the picture below for the full-sized version because really, it’s not something you wanna miss out on.

In the end, I think I tried to read too far into this. I kept expecting to find some deep cultural explanation as to why these guys made whole scrolls about farting. But I think it really just boils down to one universal truth: farts are funny.

We can pretend that our senses of humor are more sophisticated than that, but let’s face it: when somebody lets one rip, you’re going to chuckle.

And, as if this wasn’t enough, we made a video for this too. Conspiracy? Maybe. Aliens? Definitely.

(Originally found on Naruhodo. You can find the rest of the fart scroll, in its entirety, on Waseda University’s website here.)

Saturday Timewaster is a weekly post that features Japanese videos, music, images, or games that will certainly waste your time (some weeks more than others). We hope you enjoy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cody-Buchanon/1830834538 Cody Buchanon

    This is the funniest thing I have ever seen lmao

  • ZXNova

    I guess everyone can agree that farts are funny. Yup.

  • http://twitter.com/shollum Shollum

    I love how the Japanese had the sense to use block censors all those years ago.

    But really, I bet some old, dead guy is rolling in his grave laughing at the reactions to these scrolls.

  • don’t waste my time

    this is probably the worst and most boring article written on tofugu to date.

  • guestinoob

    it is a saturday time waster though (. _ . );

  • kurt

    I love this article. Anyone who can’t take humor in a fart is not human.

  • JosephBecker

    “Next up in our auction we have some fine Japanese paintings that depict… oh my…”

  • ic

    yeah you’re right… but saturday time wasters are usually much better written and informative. this one just isn’t up to par. 

  • http://funnyhowtobooks.tumblr.com Kat

    Can’t… stop… laughing…
     

  • http://x-stei.tumblr.com/ x_stei

    At the beginning of this article I was thinking, “Man everyone in Tofugu writes the best articles.” 

    When I got to the bottom though and found out that Hashi wrote this one, I thought, “Okay yeah, I still like Hashi’s articles the most.”

    XD

    Favourite line: “Why? I couldn’t really tell you. I’ve tried to do some research but, believe it or not, academic literature on Japanese farting is surprisingly few and far between.”

  • threadbrains

    Utagawa’s farts are like laser beams.

    Thanks Hashi.

  • http://x-stei.tumblr.com/ x_stei

    I think that’s just Tofugu censoring content to not offend their readers…

  • Kenneth Mendenhall

    These guys definitely have some power, but I would say William Wallace can do more damage.

  • Kiriain

    Yo dude! Pass me the mind bleach. I’ve got a really good reason for it.

  • ಠ_ರೃ

    I agree. The subject matter is most unorthodox! Have we no standards, good chaps?

  • markeywo

    *facepalm*

  • Paladin341

    This is WTF Japan Seriously worthy.  Like seriously… wtf?

  • Compuwise

    What a gas! Pretty sure he mislabeled that goat or lamb as a cat.

  • Kindler

    I didn’t realize that the Japanese discovered biological warfare…

  • ZXNova

    Some things are best kept to yourself. If you don’t like it, keep it to yourself.

  • Pirate_King

    What University do/did you go to?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EO6W3SW7TURDVL7YZ2Q5QJS57U Doc De mort

     I live in otaru, hokkaido japan, my wife is japanese from sapporo, and my 5 year old son as well. Every other day, someone fart’s. おならした!だれおならした?くさい!My son always says。 We always find it funny, and somewhat joyful. おとうさんおならした!My wife claims that she never has farted ever. But i know this isnt true, ive caught her before. She also claims that her farts don’t smell, actually they dont really. Also she often asks me permission if she can fart, which i find quite strange。 As if I will be offended somehow I always say どうそ

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lance-Burger/100002291283844 Lance Burger

    The Japanese are the most earthy people there are.  They are a bit more ahead … yet also enigmatically more primitive than us all in modern cultures.  I love em and would gladly become a Japanophile, if I wasn’t already married to a feisty Thai lady.  Dynomite comes in small packages you know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ilya-Beraha/1111149888 Ilya Beraha

    Could it be  just some ancient fun cartoon type humor, after all Geoffrey Chaucer Canterbury Tales and Boccaccio’s Decameron are full of such stuff.

  • Are you puritans?

    This is the internet.  I don’t think you have to censor artwork on the internet.  Funny article though!

  • Jon E.

    It’s pretty obvious he is speaking in jest at “don’t waste my time” (which, ironically, is on a post about a Saturday Timewaster).

  • ಠ_ರೃ

    It’s true, dood.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rightangle Andrew Angle

    Anybody ever eaten REAL Japanese food?  It’s no wonder that sensational flatulence appeared as the subject of their art.

  • ASIvanoff

    All that kim-chee. 
    (But really, why are there censorship blackouts on genitals? How cowardly. Obviously, when these scrolls were created, nobody thought it was anything worth hiding.) 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HLO6LV3FEGS2W7NWQA5E66TKCU ananda

    It would not be that strange of a request!  There is a famous 19th century essay, “On Farting” by Hiraga Gennai that I studied in two different courses. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HLO6LV3FEGS2W7NWQA5E66TKCU ananda

    “Ahead”? “Primitive?” “Modern” cultures?   Really?  You see nothing wrong with that?

  • http://zoomingjapan.com/ zoomingjapan

    I’ve NEVER seen those ANYWHERE! … And I’m glad I didn’t!

  • http://hackerhaus.com hackerhaus

    Unreal.  I’m writing my thesis on the use of bodily functions as metaphor in Japanese.  Do you have an original sourcing on these?  I’d like to cite them in my research.

  • CelestialSushi

    Um… yikes.  That’s really… infantile? XD  I mean, yeah, funny, but, going out of your way to depict THIS in your scrolls? My mind is boggled. THEN AGAIN… this is Japan we’re talking about.  You’ve seen their television programs.

    And thank you for having the decency to cover them up a bit; it’s very much appreciated :)

  • Sean F.

    Too much natto (fermented soybeans, oxygenated by stirring twenty times before eating) — surprisingly nobody else has said it so I had to.  How about an enema scroll next time (“kancho” — a dreaded children’s game around here)?  Japanese being obsessed with bathing maybe more than the Romans seem more sensitive to odour than most, and talk about it more even nowadays . . .

  • Joe Schmoe

    Holy crap Batman!

  • Joseph Goforth

     i’d wager you can find fart pics in every culture of note.  low brow comedy is universally funny.

  • Whatever

    How is showing something that is there naturally, offensive? In fact, it’s offensive not to show the genitals.

  • baha

    This is hilarious

  • Alex

    I’d look into Japanese parody. This looks like it’s probably parody of certain forms of Japanese painting/stroytelling.

  • Alex

    Or against the aristocracy.

  • Alex

    More specifically, it seems like a somewhat anti-war parody against the military and its delusions of grandeur.

  • http://ogijima.com David @ Ogijima

    I have to admit I’m a little offended by this. I mean by the censoring of some of the pictures. While I find this habit pretty despicable in general, I find it even more hypocritical on such a post and such images. You can do better Tofugu…

  • Jim

    I had caught wind of this a few years ago but didn’t realize it was spread so wide.

    Love the scene in which they discovered the defensive shield technology of the fan! Hilarious!

  • Tomiko

    I understand that this is your opinion and there are no facts stated, but can you not see how it is completely racist? You would become a “Japanophile” if you weren’t already married to a Thai woman? As if your wife’s nationality matters in this point at all? Loving a culture has nothing to do with marital status. Personally, MY opinion is that the Japanese ladies are better off without your condescension.

  • Czsih

    I guess every country has their version of Jerry Springer and Dumb and Dumber humor.
    It’s a shame.

  • JatinChittoor

    OMG!!! This is literally the funniest thing ever!!!!! Could not stop laughing. rofl!!!!

  • JatinChittoor

    OMG!!! This is literally the funniest thing ever!!!!! Could not stop laughing. rofl!!!!

  • Sorrii

    Hmmm. Anyway the craziest thing is those black labels hiding the only natural thing in pictures … Why?!?

  • Bart

     Because people get offended over the dumbest things?

  • stayzuplate

    You are not doing these historic images right by censoring the nudity with those stupid black bars.  Lame.

  • Tameca Coleman

    This is purely awesome. Thank you for sharing!

  • Janette

    You wasted your own time. Who FORCED you to read this?

  • Hanson38

    this is funny????

  • http://kanjidaisuki.com/ Leah Hicks

    These artists must have been hella bored. Where do you find all this weird stuff?

  • ah123

    What’s up with censoring the art? Would you be placing a censor bar over the statue of David?

  • Toot queen

    farting is less offensive than drawn genitalia? 

  • http://twitter.com/monkeyrotica monkeyrotica

    Not quite clear on that last scroll. Is the dude farting AT the tree, or is the tree flying out his ass? If the latter, that’s some punk rock fiber intake.

  • Rebeljezebel

    yeah, who censored the nudity here? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=817470603 Dan Harris

    I’m here because of Stephen Fry.

  • victor// chacon/sabadia

    Shintaro Kago..?

  • Tnoy

    My guess is that these were done because kids liked them. An ancient Winnie the Pooh (no pun intended, I swear). However, I don’t really have any idea what I’m talking about.

  • http://twitter.com/WordlyObsession Zee

    OMIGOD! The japanese were experimenting with FARTS as a way for nuclear war… But seriously I need to show my friend this. We were having a debate about farts and if you can actually capture the smell. I like their bag idea.

    :D

  • Silverhair

    I just tweeted: So,,,I guess you could call them the original “kamikaze” (divine wind)!

  • Sorry for pointing out but

    Kim-chee is Korian food…

  • Real Japanese food

    Come on! I’m a Japanese living in England and English food makes me fart much more than Japanese food!! 

  • Silverhair

    I thought Kim-chee was Korean…

  • Gerhard Birkner

    The blocking is extremely offensive indeed.

  • http://www.thefeistyempire.com/samples/blogs Paul Hassing

    Funniest thing I’ve seen for ages. The busted screen is a killer. Thanks for opening my … eyes. Thanks also to @stephenfry for the Twitter heads up. :)

  • http://www.senshuu.com Miluette

    My new favorite thing!
    I want to know more about context, but I bet the artists responsible for these pieces drew them hoping people would be amused by them centuries later.

  • Andy Taylor

    very close to bollocks

  • dcolb121

    OMG…I knew it!!

    Does that mean that I…

    I’m…

    Oh no!  My massive fartablity does have a reason to exist!

    I just knew it!!

    I’m a UFO fuel generator!

  • Turbocharger

    anyone find it odd that all the nipples and genitals are blocked out? Really? It’s ok to show fart clouds, but not the parts of our bodies we were born with. You yanks have a f**ked up culture lol. 

  • Steve

    Around when were these scrolls written?

  • http://www.facebook.com/RevCardboardBox Robert Cruickshank

    Better out than in eh?

  • Tornillio15

    onaka dozo

  • Tornillio15

    to all the haters, nobody forced you to read it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003202638618 Siobhán Rose

    Damn, I want them for my wall!!!!!

  • Billyshears20002000

    Priceless!

  • All Food Is Good Food

    You’re both right. If you’re used to eating any kind of food and then switch then you’re inside are gonna want to adjust :)

  • Si

    Was it really necessary to block censor the genitals?

    Lame.

  • http://twitter.com/aranworld Aran Johnson

    Ninjas, as everyone knows, were silent, but deadly.

  • Swang

    That`s the real “HADOUKEN“

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580380351 Potter Dee

    I really liked getting to see these, but the censorship is utterly uncalled for.  You should be deeply ashamed by what you did.  

    These are pretty amazing, a look into old bawdy humor.  This is no more ridiculous then some modern humor of this type.  I’ve seen worse on the big screen.  So why not put this on display, there’s a rich culture of silly erotica world wide.  Why not look at what fun stuff people used to have for cheap entertainment.  That is just as much part of their culture as what is normally in text books.

    But yeah, blocking out classic art is pretty lame.  If it offends you, then you have someone else post it.

  • http://ragstoreverie.blogspot.com PolytheneLucy

    I thought “artsy fartsy” while looking at this and LOOOOOOL’d.

  • Lento

    This seems basicly fetish stuff. (In this context, we have to remember, that sex doesn’t have to be boring and laughless – it can be sexual AND fun.)

    Sad thing, this censorship of paintings. Sort of disrespectful to person who did the artworks… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Doug-Steley/701512322 Doug Steley

    Has anyone said “Fart Art” yet ?

  • Anonymouse

    this falls into use of the comic as political commentary and resistance in the late Edo period, as a way of subverting the vertical power structure/moral hierarchy of the Tokugawa. Katsuya Hirano’s PhD dissertation, which i’m currently reading, deals with this (it’s available on ProQuest): Katsuya Hirano’s dissertation: Page 125-26
    “Taking the bodily excess found in the popular culture as the foremost principle of literary and artistic representation meant the deconstruction of the high and low binary that permitted the powerful to maintain their ambivalent attitudes towards popular cultural practice, and thus the invalidation of their presupposed cultural and social superiority to it. This was apparent, for example, in Hiraga Gennai’s valorization of the unruly vulgarity of the body as a way to reject mainstream intellectual discourses on social hierarchy.

    In Gennai’s The Biography of Elegant Shidoken, The Story of a Secluded Little Phallus, On Farting, and On Farting, Part Two, the phallus and the fart, symbols of the vulgar materialism of the body, are the dominant motifs, or figures in the story. In particular, The Story of a Secluded Little Phallus takes on the style of an autobiography of a man’s sexual organ with the name of Godoken. With this scandalous deployment of the lower body as the central motif in contradistinction to the sovereign mind, Gennai’s fictions achieve the objective of subverting the public moral order: the celebration of vulgar, carnal and immoral truths against the higher spiritual truth. Thus, phallus and fart featured not only as the principal motifs of an assault on the established order, but also as a full-fledged negation of official notions of intellect, rationality, knowledge and truth.”  so yeah, on one level it functions as funny. on the other level, cumulatively, such prints and publication were seen as subversive and threatening enough – because there’s a shared context of meaning, that many of the symbols and signs used in these prints were known to commonly refer to specific things, often in a subversive manner – that the bakufu felt a need to censor these things as much as they could, and punish those who published/distributed such items with public execution and the like. Utagawa Kuniyoshi, as I recall, met a fairly unpleasant end. 

  • Laura Loss

    You just gave a meaning to my day. When things are getting crappy, an article about farts is everything one should need.

  • Joyfie

    @yahoo-EO6W3SW7TURDVL7YZ2Q5QJS57U:disqus  ‘Also she often asks me permission if she can fart, which i find quite
    strange。 As if I will be offended somehow I always say どうそ’ – This.. this is the funniest conversation between a husband and wife ever.. どうぞ has to be the best word to use in allowing someone to fart.. When I marry, I will this.  Thank you!

  • Catman63

    I just got back from Japan, and missed the ukiyo-e museum and the national museum. Were any of these gems on display in either place? Fantastic article, I would bet most Japanese today do not know about these. You may also want to point out that in Utagawa’s piece, there are people feeding sweet potatoes to the farters – sweet potatoes are considered to be fart gas-inducing (in Japan, I had never heard that here in the US) so they are a crucial part of the “battle”.

  • DOBM

    I remember reading a self defense book where one of the ‘methods’ was to intentionally eat mixtures of food which produced horrific gases released at will against ones enemies! Maybe there is a little truth in this?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GS5IQMQ33JYOHE4XK65WDOTINI Jimichan

    He He He …

  • Frank

    The censorship is silly and unnecessary, but I don’t know about being “disrespectful to the artist.” It is, after all, a series of fart jokes. 

  • Bobbotheclown

    POOS RO DAH!

  • John Stephens

    “He-Gassen” ?  I’m suspicious.  But the link actually works, so if it’s a hoax it’s a well executed one.  

  • Godzillalaughs

    funny-but why the censoring?  

  • Pmpetros

    So why are the images censored? Its artwork, if it was a oil painting of venus I doubt that it would need censoring… Please respect the artist and un-censor the artwork.

  • Tanya

    They are referring to Farts as  coming from potatoes. The potatoe  producing area in Japan was Satsuma in south-west Japan. At the end of the Edo era,
    Satsuma-warriors made a coup d’etat and put their emperor in to run a new government. Edo
    (Tokyo) people hated the Satsuma. So these pictures are political satire. :)

  • Geogio

    Gives a whole new meaning to arty-farty……

  • nupath

     lovely it ! 素晴らしい :-)

  • Silverwilli

    Stop wasting your time then

  • Chantal Danielson

    Alright, as a staff member of a University Library, I feel I need to comment. If someone had ordered articles on these scrolls, I would have read them before giving them to the student. And then I would have demanded the student share more of his research with me — because this is hilarious. 

    Moral of the story: Don’t let your fear of the opinion of staff in the library stop your enlightenment for fart scrolls. Seriously. 

  • Cat

    Just wanted to drop by and say that I’m jealous of you living in Otaru. It’s such a beautiful place!

  • http://anansisweb.wordpress.com/ Akshay Dhar

     Brilliant! :D
    I’m all for intellectual growth but funny is funny and people often take life to seriously – this is a great find and one I’m going to share on my own blog if you don’t mind.
    Cheers and thanks for sharing!

  • http://seisohime.net/ 華 ♡ Hana

    Windy the Pooh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=563798941 Ivonne Carley

    I. AM. DYING. hilarious!!!!!

  • Greenlantern851

    Oh GAWD! That’s a real gas!

  • Kim

    I’m a Uk person now living in Japan. I barely fart after eating Japanese food. Only after drinking beer, actually.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527909073 Richard Finneran

    gives new meaning to “Divine wind”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aubrey-Matthew-Smith-IV/100000702680629 Aubrey Matthew Smith IV

    hahahahahaha farts
     

  • criminology

    I think it’s less about offending readers’ sensibilities than being required to censor genitals by Japanese law…

  • http://twitter.com/NeriRodriguez Neri Rodriguez

    Wow, some day I found a website about “smelly poop”, but this is totally new…

  • halfbeing

    If you want to get serious about understanding why farts are funny you could do a lot worse than get acquainted with “Rabelais and his World” by Mikhail Bakhtin who was a professor of French literature working in Moscow during the Stalin era. To put it very simply, farting keeps it real.

  • http://twitter.com/shollum Shollum

    I think it’s kind of like National Geographic or old art; it doesn’t matter that they’re naked.

    This was clearly done by Hashi, especially seeing as the images in the video aren’t censored.

  • Carlosbeltranishere

    They’re Japanese. There is nothing to censor.

  • Mwm
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000493076087 Monsta Ward

    Blah blah blah…

  • Anonz

    What’s with the censor bars? What a cop out.

  • DBAGZ

     WTF does this have to do with Japanese law? They weren’t made yesterday goofass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=656127943 Bubbles Campbell

    Why bleep out the ancient cartoon genitalia? That’s pretty retarded.

  • ThatOneGirlYouKnow

    O_o What the hell? Well…Uh…That’s interesting…

  • Essiecoo

    The USA’s Ben Franklin wrote a wonderful allegory for Freedom of Speech titles “Fart Proudly” which concluded: “Fart for Liberty, Fart for Freedom, most of all Fart Proudly”. GWB expelled flatulence every time he spoke.

  • Niogard915

    I recall reading Clavell’s SHOGUN where, in one scene, the 16th Century Japanese war lord “cut the cheese” and explained to his Englishman visitor that was one of his great pleasures. The author seemed very knowledgeable about the culture

  • Cataphract

    I am floored. But if you needed any further proof as to where the Japanese of today get their unusual predilections, here you go. Sort of like the octopus tentacle rape ones someone found from the 19th century. Modern anime didn’t invent it.

  • Napchop

     A German once told me that the thing he most admired about the English was their fart jokes, he claimed that nothing in German humor could match them. Do Germans have humor? :-/

  • Jimmy

     really?…

  • Knickygill

    This was the greatest video ever made….thank you, thank you for showing me truth about aliens.
     

  • jcm manuel

    I’ve  come to understand from the video that farts are *sophisticated* and also *a technology*. I think they are also saying farts can empower an alien spacecraft, and that the Japanese people were genetically modified to produce explosive (amounts of) farts. Makes my day.

  • Laurne59

    This IS funny! But it just illustrates a basic truth about the human male: He is obsessed with toilet humor, and always has been when – and wherever he lived! I expect, an day now, for some archaeologist to announce the discovery of “Caveman fart” art!…found painted on the wall of an ancient dig….

  • Farts Advocate

    FAAAAAAARTZ

  • Journeymanjim

    yes but the pictures were only put online recently and since the original uploaders were probably in Japan they would have to comply with those censoring laws.

  • bogwart

    It is illegal in Japan to show pubic hair, whether it’s in a film or published as one of the graphic arts.

  • Destraa

    It would appear that our sense of humour really hasn’t evolved much since ancient times.

  • Grldn Kly

    you’re not a funny troll.

  • Riot

    Great, bring up the Germans in a discussion on gas.

  • Lady Montague

     Yes, but German humor is very dull. Nothing like British humor!

  • Lady Montague

    That’s hilarious. I love the video!

  • Blondbs

    Extra-extra-ordinary.  So glad you found this and are enlightening the world.  Interesting how there are very few boundaries for the Japanese – even though their outward appearance to the world is so regimented and seemingly conservative!

  • Bored

    “I found some relevant articles on my old university’s academic databases, but the only way I could obtain them would be to request them printed out and go pick them up. Which, you know, isn’t something I really want to do.” lazy, I’m sure your librarian really doesn’t give a shit. otherwise, interesting post!

  • dewflirt

    This is very special. Has seti seen this yet? 

  • Justin Kolata

    WTF?

    what the fart?

  • http://www.facebook.com/freesilver Silver Persinger

    No mention of the guy in the red hat wearing clothes with marijuana leaves on them in the third panel?

    http://archive.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kosho/chi04/chi04_01029/chi04_01029_p0002.jpg

  • Edohiguma

    The interesting thing is that these woodprints seem to depict the ruling class. Check the headgear. That hat is a classic sengoku period headgear worn by people of higher rank. It was also worn under helmets. The women depicted have long, open hair, something only women of higher class had prior to the Edo period (it was in use at the imperial court and in the high echolon of the Tokugawa family during the Edo period as well), since they didn’t work and thus the hair wouldn’t get in their way. I think this is one of the early comical attacks on Japan’s leaders.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chessydeb Debi Smith

    Love the rendition of grey/black gas! And you don’t often see characters laughing so gleefully in Uki-Oye. I have heard tho’ that inter-village farting contests have been going on a long time in Japan and that even TV shows have featured “musicians” playing their wind instrument to the rollicking amusement of the Japanese audiences

  • YGASG

    Todays wtf moment..

  • Zip Collins

    imho those black oblongs are the oddest thing in this whole section…

  • Whatever

    yep

  • http://halebobb.com/Debate.htm The Federal Farmer

    :29 While combing the archives for what??

  • http://twitter.com/shollum Shollum

    Nope. Hair is fine, genitals aren’t.

  • http://twitter.com/shollum Shollum

    Judging by the fact that the video isn’t censored, I doubt the pictures were censored before ended up in this article.

    Old art has never had to be censored. Anywhere (as far as I can tell).

  • (・∀・)

    Visual bleeps are the best, yo.

  • Ghostworks Design

    busy man

  • Rop

    That was gay and more like animals I guess

  • Bobboo

    Tokyo Drift.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000126289159 Carin TurboLeopard Hua

    In honor of my friend’s words: THIS IS REAL? FUCK THIS WORLD

  • cptderp

     Someone knows his japanese porn! ^^

  • Stablo

    “the only way I could obtain them would be to request them printed out and go pick them up. Which, you know, isn’t something I really want to do.”
    Are you twelve?There are lots of papers about human behaviors, art, pathologies and so on. Would they be written if scientists got blushed while asking for the evidence in the libraries?
    Work on your confidence, try something crazy, buy condoms in local shop, not on the internet, I’ll keep motivating you.

  • Noel

    this made my day.

  • anon

    I did nazi that coming.

  • Burhnas Stefvanslof

    I would like an OBAMA stimulus program for a green energy project that would employee million Americans. Free Food for all Americans and they only have to insert a fart collection tube in their ass. This would be a perfect program – everyone would have food, everyone would be employed, and the energy problems of this county would be solved It is perfect for most Americans also – they could have a job where they could just sit, watch TV, eat and fart.

  • FF

    Yes, fart jokes are always a hit. Even better when they’re old. What’s the deal with the vid?Fabulous japanese art followed by a sophomoric attempt to top the classic humour and sophistication. What a classically american piece of ill prepared student work. The video is not funny. Maybe you need to see some funny. Try watching television or something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nga.vuthikieu.7 Nga Vũ Thị Kiều

    the passing gas can cause bad gas in the environment, hahahah!!!
    this is love naked in that picture!!!

  • butdickdickbut

    Well poop. I thought this was real. Then the mustache and last name got me. Le fu.

  • Talia

    Nice to know that over the centuries, men and their fascination with orifices hasn’t altered one bit.

  • Leif Kvarnes

    ann frankly, I find that offensive.

  • Mami

    lolololol

  • David

    A teacher in an Asian art class explained to me that the fart scrolls initially were a social commentary on politics at the time. The intent was to make fun of high ranking officials or whomever was in political power at those times, comparing their long-winded debates to a farting war. I think after that the idea was too funny and they just ran with it. I don’t know if this is accurate, though…

  • sherry

    you guys are cracking me up at 3:22 am

  • Eldicko Lacy

    I’m speechless,funniest thing I’ve seen in months. I especially like farting a hole in the door.

  • anon

    It is a little out of mein kampfort zone, as well.

  • lulu

    hhahhaa! great stuff :D

  • gotham77

    I like the one where they’re using fans to blow the farts back at the farters.

  • S9y

    We Germans say the same about you, you know.

  • Oh4cke

    Imo the author went too fart with this article

  • AGermanGuyPassingBy

    Well, we germans have humor, i think it is not the same like yours but sometime it is amazing.
    Also u should know that u have to speak and understand german clearly to understand our jokes that is the worst thing about our humor ;)

  • Skeptical

    Amazing that these ancient scrolls are in such pristine condition, and that someone just happened to discover them a year or so ago, and that there’s no writing on them whatsoever to explain them, nor the artist’s stamp or calligraphy at the corner. Very impressive shading, too, for such ancient scrolls, and curious that so many of the ink spots tend to repeat themselves.

    A truly impressive discovery.

  • Susy Crandall

    I don’t understand the need to cover certain things up with little black rectangles. It’s ridiculous. We’re all grown-ups here.

  • Polly Plectron

    Fine art of fart. Oh Joy!

  • adanos

    Yep, here I am, right “after” replying to a comment on another page in which some1 stated that germans drink beer for breakfast. In fact, after your next mishap, think about us germans and our magical abilities that made it possible. Oh, and dont forget to make a picture from your face after that and pusblish it. Do I see a meme coming? ^^

  • ilangelo

    Yeah, I speak German fluently. Your level of humor is that of four-year-olds in most societies.

  • disqus_9K7Pl9V1kX

    For some reason the whole scatology thing, including humor, is definitely part of the gender divide. I think I have a pretty good sense of humor (making and taking jokes) and fart jokes just seem juvenile to me.

    Little boy humor – which for some reason, most males never outgrow. Nothing wrong with them, just – “meh”!?

    (Does this mean women aren/t human?)

  • farts-are-funny

    i am female and i find farts funny.

  • disqus_9K7Pl9V1kX

    I speak fluent German – at least I used to (lived in Berlin) – in addition to several other languages, and I must say I don’t think there’s another language with more words for shit! Not to mention the compounds with Scheiss!

    These things DO reveal things about a people’s inner workings.
    Nothing dire, just an observation.