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TJ
3rd November 2003, 17:19
I came across this nice figurine today:

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/7539.jpg

It accompanied an excellent picture book on A.japonicus, published earlier this year by Shogakukan, Inc.

Here's one of the amazing pics in it:

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/7540.jpg

(Message edited by TJ on November 03, 2003)

erik
3rd November 2003, 17:30
Can you give us any other information on this picture book? ISBN#, etc..? Do you know of any place online to purchase it? I have had good luck with Amazon.jp, but the site is difficult to navigate for and English speaker.

Thanks!

TJ
3rd November 2003, 17:36
This is a Japanese comic book series about Sun-chan, a 100-year-old tobacco-smoking, liquor-drinking giant salamander brought home to keep as a family pet:

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/7544.jpg

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/7545.jpg

TJ
3rd November 2003, 18:03
I don't see an ISBN code on my copy. Actually I should have said "booklet" as it's only 35 pages. It's No. 35 in a series about Japanese animals that have been designated as Special Natural Monuments.

You can see the booklet's cover and more pics of the figurine at this site:

http://www.icnet.ne.jp/~paragon/books/nonfiction/bk_tennen.html

(not the publisher)

Here's the publisher's English website:

http://www.shogakukan.co.jp/english/index.html

(though I didn't see the booklet listed)

Here's the page for the series as a whole on the publisher's Japanese website:

http://www.tennenkinenbutsu.net/img/02.gif

And here's the page for No. 35:

http://www.s-book.com/plsql/sbc_mag2k_code?sho=2705103103&sha=1&type=s

(local ID code 096235)

TJ
3rd November 2003, 18:24
Here are a couple more figurines, which are usually sold here for kids together with chocolate inside a plastic "egg":

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/7549.jpg

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/7550.jpg

(Message edited by TJ on November 03, 2003)

aaron
3rd November 2003, 23:05
Tim how much is the figure/booklet in the first picture?

~Aaron

TJ
4th November 2003, 13:34
Heya Aaron, it's 810 yen ($7.35) plus tax. There was only one copy at the store I bought mine at but it should be available from the publisher.

This illustration is from Fauna Japonica, the monumental work of Philipp Franz Balthazar von Siebold (1796-1866) of Germany.

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/7558.jpg

TJ
4th November 2003, 13:39
Here are a couple more from the same source:

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/7562.jpg

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/7563.jpg

TJ
4th November 2003, 18:10
I just love the name it used to carry -- Salamandra Maxima http://www.caudata.org/forum/clipart/lol.gif

elisabeth
4th November 2003, 18:51
Exactly how large are these things???
Looks like I'm going to have to do some research!

TJ
5th November 2003, 08:42
This link should get you started http://www.caudata.org/forum/clipart/wacko.gif : http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~herpsgh/aboutandrias.html

elisabeth
5th November 2003, 15:32
Holy cow!
Thanks for the link Tim. Have you ever seen one?

TJ
5th November 2003, 16:16
Say what? http://www.caudata.org/forum/clipart/lol.gif

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/6416.html?1067613761

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/985/7371.html?1067547962

kaysie
10th November 2003, 13:25
Elizabeth, if ever you get a chance to visit one of the few zoos in the world that house these bad boys, i highly recommend it. its awe-inspiring. and some of them are so big it looks like they might just eat the little kids that come tap on the glass! lol

TJ
2nd February 2004, 04:09
http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/11865.jpg

By Shunzan Takagi (?-1852). Shown in Atlas Anima. Originally published in "Honzozusetsu".

TJ
7th April 2004, 03:50
http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/14241.jpg

TJ
7th April 2004, 03:55
http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/14251.jpg

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/14252.jpg

TJ
7th April 2004, 05:12
Mac users (only) who are interested in having a desktop giant salamander mascot can download it from this site:

http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~mr5s-gnz/labo/mascot/oosanMR.sit

...at your own risk, of course. Also, the instructions are probably in Japanese.

You can apparently watch it feast on crabs, fish and frogs http://www.caudata.org/forum/clipart/lick.gif


http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/14257.gif

TJ
7th April 2004, 05:45
http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/14260.jpg

Source:
http://www.icnet.ne.jp/~paragon/rei/rei_00/rei_00.html

edward
7th April 2004, 14:14
If there was only this much interest in native salamanders in the US.....
I'm glad I don't live in Japan or I would feel compelled to buy a buch of that stuff and set up my own little "shrine" to Andrias.

Ed

TJ
13th April 2004, 17:19
This woodblock print by the famed Edo Period artist Kuniyoshi Utagawa was just pointed out to me by a friend:

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/14722.jpg

Source: http://www.ukiyoe.or.jp/ohya/01-pics/b/kuniy-sansho-b.html

(Message edited by TJ on April 13, 2004)

TJ
13th April 2004, 17:22
is this cute or what?! http://www.caudata.org/forum/clipart/lol.gif

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/14725.gif

Source: http://www.vill.wara.gifu.jp/takara/hazako.html

kaysie
14th April 2004, 15:09
That's the cutest Andrias I've ever seen!

paris
15th April 2004, 05:41
one of the lecturers at IAD had a japonicus t shirt-she said she got it from the japonicus appreciation society-i would like one of them. you should look around to see if you can get a hold of one tim. the front is just a cartoon head-face forward with the latin name under it up in the pocket area. the back however was really cute. it showed what appeared to be a chibi drawing of a giant sal from above in a stream -there were little ones scattered off to the sides(also chibi)they had their gills and the cutest part was one at the bottom left side was under a rock peeping out and another one was trying to take its hiding spot-it showed the one under the rock with the vocal lines radiating from its mouth-it gave the impression it was barking at the other one , it was a real cute shirt in that simple manga style.

edward
15th April 2004, 22:21
Hi Paris,
I know that the Cryptobranchid Interest Group was selling them. They were supposed to send me some T-Shirts to sell them at IAD but as I was out of work I did not get the shirts. If you want when I get back to work I can e-mail the other members of the Steering Committee to see if there are any left.
Ed

paris
15th April 2004, 23:49
yeah definitely man-do they come in any colour but that brown.....but not white!

TJ
10th July 2004, 08:30
Here's another http://www.caudata.org/forum/clipart/lol.gif

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/17929.gif

Source: http://www.chusankan.jp/gonokawa/

shinji
31st July 2004, 04:44
http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/19574.jpg
http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/19575.jpg
Pottery of A.japonicus got by chance in Kasama-shi, Ibaraki in Japan.
The price was 5,000 yen.
5 pics are put on my homepage. (But, Japanese only.)

jennifer
31st July 2004, 21:55
That Andrias pottery figure is absolutely WONDERFUL! It is very detailed and life-like. Beautiful!

TJ
1st August 2004, 04:23
Welcome to the site, Shinji! And thanks for your contribution. I personally know you have a lot to share, so I'm looking forward to your future offerings http://www.caudata.org/forum/clipart/wink.gif

That pottery figure is indeed fantastic! I would kill/die (*almost*) to get one of those to add to my own collection. I wonder if there are any more to be found in Kasama. In the meantime, I'll just enjoy your pic! http://www.caudata.org/forum/clipart/biggrin.gif

By the way folks, Shinji makes some very nice Andrias pottery figurines himself. In fact, I have two of them. Here's one that we took with us on a trip to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado a few months ago:

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/19638.jpg

shinji
3rd August 2004, 17:33
Hi,Tim
Wonderful! Very cute!
May I introduce by my web site?
Please check the following URL.
http://www.icnet.ne.jp/~paragon/sanpo/sanpo.html
http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/19857.jpg

shinji
3rd August 2004, 17:39
The illustration of the novel "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea".(Jules Verne/1869)
It is just like that of Siebold's "Fauna japonica".
I think that this illustration draws Japanese 'A. japonicus'.
http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/19860.jpg

TJ
3rd August 2004, 19:00
Very nice contribution, Shinji! http://www.caudata.org/forum/clipart/biggrin.gif I've never seen that one before.

Anyway, here is your Andrias figurine enjoying gambling in Las Vegas http://www.caudata.org/forum/clipart/lol.gifhttp://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/19882.jpg

TJ
19th August 2004, 03:51
This is from the Lake Biwa Museum in Shiga Prefecture, Japan:

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/20886.jpg

(displayed at the Himeji City Aquarium in Hyogo Prefecture)

TJ
19th August 2004, 04:13
This is from the Mizuho Hanzake Nature Museum in Shiga Prefecture, Japan:

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/20890.jpg

(displayed at the Himeji City Aquarium in Hyogo Prefecture)

edward
11th September 2004, 16:18
I didn't feel like starting a new thread for A. davidensis paraphanalia so here is a picture of the old davidensis graphic from the Philly Zoo (I rescued it from the trash).
Its not as clear as it could be as it was made to be backlit and wasn't easy to scan.

Ed http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/22687.jpg

TJ
15th September 2004, 08:47
Thanks for that contribution, Ed http://www.caudata.org/forum/clipart/biggrin.gif

I found this video being sold on eBay, though I'm not sure if it is supposed to be a "giant salamander" or just a "giant" salamander:

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/22851.jpg

"Spectreman is sent to Earth to help fight the pollution problem. The evil Doctor Gori creates a monster out of pollution and sets it loose on the city, if it is not stopped it will destroy the world."

Actually, it just occurred to me that this might be the same film of which excerpts appeared breifly in the Animal Planet "Amazing Amphibians" program that was discussed earlier.

(Message edited by TJ on September 15, 2004)

TJ
17th September 2004, 14:52
That reminds me of this one I saw posted before:

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/23049.jpg

TJ
17th September 2004, 15:05
I saw this recently being advertised on eBay. I found it...er, let's just say hard to believe http://www.caudata.org/forum/clipart/lol.gif

"Rare Late Jurassic Giant Salamander Fossil"

"This item you are bidding is a Rare Giant Salamander Fossil. the fossil form is very old and unique, The giant salamander fossil. According to the cognoscente appraisals the fish fossil has 160 million year ago, they were formed in remote antiquity . the rare fossil is very valuable collection! if you feel interested in it, please don't miss it, Thank you for looking and happy bidding."

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/23054.jpg

http://www.caudata.org/forum/messages/13/23055.jpg

The bidding started at 4.99 pounds or ECU or whatever they're called now and I dunno if it got beyond that.

kaysie
17th September 2004, 17:20
looks like a salamander-shaped piece of petrified wood.