19th century Japanese flip-over drawings

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Pink Tentacle has a nice gallery of old Japanese drawings of heads that look like faces right-side-up or up-side-down.

Joge-e, or “two-way pictures,” are a type of woodblock print that can be viewed either rightside-up or upside-down. Large numbers of these playful prints were produced for mass consumption in the 19th century, and they commonly featured bizarre faces of deities, monsters or historical figures (including some from China). Only a few examples of original joge-e survive today.


  1. The two heads in the bottom left corner remind me of Kashira, the three bouncing green heads in Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. As a side note, I’ve always thought that they’d be an awesome idea for a set of three upholstered footstools/pouffes for someone with mad craft skillz. Anyone up for the challenge?

  2. Note duly noted. I guess I drew too many of these things during an obsessive phase in 5th grade. Fortunately my hormones kicked in and I switched to sketching multitudes of scantily clad pneumatic young women.

    The snarky one-worder was uncalled for, and I apologize.

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