Tōbaé (トバエ) was a Japanese and French weekly satirical magazine published in the period 1887–1889.

A cover page of Tōbaé dated 1888
CategoriesSatirical magazine
FounderGeorges Ferdinand Bigot
Final issue1889
Based inTokyo

History and profileEdit

Tōbaé was started by French cartoonist Georges Ferdinand Bigot in 1887 as a weekly satirical magazine.[1] The magazine featured Bigot's cartoons which were mostly dealt with everyday activities of Japanese people and Japanese politicians.[2] The cartoons criticized the negative consequences of the westernization attempts in Japan.[2] Tōbaé folded in 1889.[3]


  1. ^ Charles Hatfield; Bart Beaty, eds. (2020). "Time Line of Selected Events". Comics Studies. A Guidebook. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. p. 268. doi:10.36019/9780813591452. ISBN 9780813591452. S2CID 242939207.
  2. ^ a b "New in the Collection: Georges Ferdinand Bigot and Keikan no tabō (警官のたぼう)". The Ohio State University. 19 February 2018. Archived from the original on 25 February 2021. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Georges Bigot, illustrateur satirique (1887-1899)" (in French). BnF Gallica. Archived from the original on 20 July 2021. Retrieved 25 December 2021.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Tōbaé at Wikimedia Commons