Comic Twelve Signs

(Dke j-ni-shi, 道外十二支)

Publisher: Ki-ya Sjir


This series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). The images are each about 7 by 10 inches (18 by 25 centimeters), a size known as chban. Two images were printed on a sheet of paper about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ban.

Sign: Rat (Ne, )

Description: Rats at a festival with a picture of Daikokuten on the wall

Sign: Ox (Ushi, )

Description: Old ladies following an ox on a visit to a temple

Sign: Tiger (Tora, )

Description: Tigers falling down

Sign: Hare (U, )

Description: Hares dancing

Sign: Dragon (Tatsu, )

Description: Dragons squirting each other with water

Sign: Snake (Mi, )

Description: Snakes watching people crawl across a log bridge like snakes

Sign: Horse (Uma, )

Description: Horses resting

Sign: Goat (Hitsuji, )

Description: Goats dining in a restaurant (rykan)

Sign: Monkey (Saru, )

Description: Monkeys as musicians and a dancer at a festival

Sign: Cock (Tori, )


Sign: Dog (Inu, )

Description: Dogs playing in the snow

Sign: Boar (I, )

Description: Boars stealing potatoes being dispersed by a man with a stick