So it seems that that the ancient Japanese used to fall back on the time-honoured weapon of farting in another person's direction. These pictures, taken from the Tofugu blog, demonstrate that as much as we like to think our Far Eastern friends are scrupulously well-behaved it seems that they, just like the Greeks, the Romans, and-yes- us and you, found time to besmirch another with the remnants of the previous nights dinner.
The pictures above are by an unknown artist from sometime during Japan's Edo period (200-400 years ago), from a series called the He-Gassen, which literally means The Fart Battle. Although these pictures only depict 'battles' between Japanese people, according to io9 the Fart Battle was also used to display the unhappiness felt in Japan about increasing Western influence in their country, with Japanese people depicted as trumping in the direction of the offending Westerners. Makes you think twice about that trip to Tokyo...
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