How giant catfish namazu destroyed the city of Edo and what Japanese artists drew about it, turning their art into a visual social network

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Here if to write seriously, to cover it, thoughtfully, his brow furrowing, you should start like this: "Talking about the visualization of social communication is absolutely impossible not to recall such types of building of such communications as those in Russia, called a splint, and in Japan – Ukiyo-e". But in fact, of course Ukiyo-e is not only pictures about some events and problems, but also just prints with actors, beautiful aunts and beautiful views, so I guess I'll just tell you about one of the examples of Japanese visual communication, when the poor Japanese were overtaken by another earthquake and they reacted with a whole series of Ukiyo-E. Well. In November 1855 in Edo (and now this glorious city, as everyone knows, is called Tokyo) there was a strong earthquake, which killed 7,000 people. After the earthquake, it took several days and the city came a new plot a color of wood engraving, which became wildly popular among the residents of a dilapidated city and was popularly called the "namaz-e" (the literal translation, as here whisper to me my Japanese friends, "Pictures with teeth", but on the other hand, since Prayer is a giant catfish, so I doubt that this translation is indeed correct). These engravings depicted the mythical giant catfish (namazu), which, according to popular legend, and caused this terrible earthquake, because too actively began to roam in their underground caves. Actually, we can say that it was a socially active Instagram of the nineteenth century. Artists and engravers came up with stories, drew, printed, and the people received every day a few dozen fresh pictures and frowned or smiled. And of course, in each of the following pictures reflected new discontent, gossip and jokes that roamed the crowd and fresh (I can not find other definitions) angry social comments. And Yes, of course, in addition, many traders of these same prints claimed that these leaves, if they are properly hung in the house, will certainly save your home from future earthquakes. And yet, if we superficially discuss all the nuances, the history of namaz-e is an incredible interest because they as a flash appeared and became incredibly – that is just wildly popular (over several weeks there have been almost 400 incredibly interesting in its story and drama of the prints, which sold out instantly) and just as suddenly disappeared two months later when the Tokugawa government, which maintained throughout a very strict system of censorship, just at some point, banned their release – you won't believe, but it is – even killed some artists and engravers. Literally. For these catfish. Well and prints good rulers ordered the burning, in order not to irritate they the poor loyalists. On this, now retained very little these prints – all so were scared, that suggested a and law-abiding all that was burned. I'll show you some prints and tell you what's going on in each one – you read it – I think it's interesting. Read there is about how those who profited from the rebuilding of the city, and about the behavior of the gods and about other wonderful details.

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