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Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga - World's Oldest Animal Manga?

Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga ( 鳥獣人物戯画 ? , lit. "Animal-person Caricatures") , commonly shortened to Chōjū-giga ( 鳥獣戯画 ? , lit. "Animal Caricatures") is a famous set of four picture scrolls , or emakimono , belonging to Kōzan-ji temple in Kyoto , Japan . The Chōjū-giga scrolls are also referred to as Scrolls of Frolicking Animals and Scrolls of Frolicking Animals and Humans in English. Some think that Toba Sōjō created the scrolls; however, it is hard to verify this. The right-to-left reading direction of Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga is still a standard method seen in modern manga and novels in Japan. Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga is also credited as the oldest work of manga. The scrolls are now entrusted to the Kyoto National Museum and Tokyo National Museum . As opened, the first scroll illustrates anthropomorphic rabbits and monkeys bathing and getting ready for a ceremony, a monkey thief runs from animals with sticks and knocks over a frog from the lively ceremony. Furthe