I swear, you can only find this kind of stuff on the internet. We all know and love Japanese scrolls, right? Pastoral scenes, courtly lords walking on cherry-blossomed roads with their ladies in-hand, industrious workers behind iconic, paper walls. All that stuff, right?
Welcome to the He-Gassen scroll, the upender of good manners and decorum. This is a food fight in a BIG way. In fact, it’s the mother of all food fights:
Okay, so what do you think they’re doing? It’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? They’re, um…farting.
There’s a whole scroll of this, and it’s not a little funny. Good to know all that decorum can lets its hair down from time to time. It gives me hope for civilization.
Bring on the beans!
And if any of you really want to explore this further (not with me in the house, please), here are the stinky source documents.