Two classrooms are shown filled with goblins, demons and monsters. At the top right is Shōki, the demon queller. He is depicted as a teacher in European clothing and cap, brandishing a cane and instructing the student demons in hell-related vocabulary. In the second classroom (middle left) a kappa water goblin points to the Romanised letters on the board. The words are associated with things kappa enjoy. These include shirikotama, a mythical ball inside the human anus; gioori (kyūri) which means cucumber; and kawa or river. The artist Kyōsai was known for his critical commentary on the international modernisation of Japan in the Meiji period (1868–1912).
Place where the work was made
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
37.1 x 25.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed l.l. cartouche, in Japanese, printed " Seisei Kyōsai"
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Japan Supernatural, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 2019–08 Mar 2020