Scary Painting

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Scary Painting
Otani Oniji III.jpg
Real-world counterpart
Actor Otani Oniji III as the Yakko Edobei
Year Unknown
Artist Sharaku
Main appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese いなせなめいが
Simplified Chinese 俊俏的名画
French Toile effrayante
Spanish Cuadro japonés
Italian Quadro spaventoso
Russian Страшная картина

Korean 씩씩한 명화
Traditional Chinese 俊俏的名畫
Quebec French Toile effrayante
Latin American Spanish Cuadro japonés
German Furchtgemälde
Dutch Griezelige schilderij


The Scary Painting is a painting that can be bought from Redd in all games in the Animal Crossing series and is known in the real world as Actor Otani Oniji III as the Yakko Edobei. It is a Japanese print by the mysterious Sharaku, a Japanese artist. Little is known of him: he was active for only around ten months in 1794 and 1795, and he may even be a group of artists that used the name 'Sharaku'- this word is a shortened version of the word sharakusai, meaning 'nonsense' in Japanese.

Sharaku did not become popular until the 20th-century; pieces by him (or them) are now considered to be a famous example of Japanese woodblock art (ukiyo-e).

The Scary Painting depicts a Kabuki actor supposedly during a performance. The painting is on display in the Tokyo National Museum.

Art details[edit]

Animal Crossing, Wild World and City Folk
Item Name Buy Price Sell Price Available From
Scary Painting 3,920 Bells[nb 1] 490 Bells Crazy Redd's

In New Horizons[edit]

Scary Painting
Ōtani Oniji the 3rd as Yakko Edobei
Tōshūsai Sharaku, 1794
Woodblock print


Fake Scary Painting
Scary Painting

Description A print from the mid-Edo period by Tōshūsai Sharaku depicting a famous actor of the time. Sharaku made roughly 140 ukiyo-e prints in his career, even though it only spanned around 10 months!
Buy Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4980 Bells
Sell Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1245 Bells [nb 2]
Obtain from Redd NH Character Icon.png Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler
Authenticity Unknown
Furniture Size 1.0 x 1.0
  1. 3,920 Bells reflects the price Redd charges for the painting. The actual buy price (if purchased through the catalog) is 1,960 Bells.
  2. Cannot be sold if it's a forgery.


Authenticity[edit]

In New Leaf, if the man's fingers are pointing rather than spread out, the painting is a forgery.

In New Horizons, if the man's eyebrows are upturned, the painting is a forgery. The forgery will smile at night.