Trash Market is a volume of autobiographical and reality-based gekiga short stories by Japanese manga artist Tadao Tsuge. The stories were originally serialized mainly in the Japanese alternative manga magazine Garo from 1968 to 1972. In English, they were published by Drawn and Quarterly on 12 May 2015. Many of the stories are based on Tsuge's life experiences such as his time at a blood bank, and critics have noted the realism of the stories.
Synopsis: A pharmaceutical manufacturer worker and replica painter tells a biography of Vincent van Gogh. His friend Goro, a student activist, visits him complaining of a bald spot he got from being hit at a protest as well as about American presence in Japan. After coming home from a union meeting he finds the police taking Goro to the station as a witness.
Synopsis: Tomeo, a child, is disliked by his grandfather who feels that his mother pays him more attention than his two working older brothers. Tomeo's father also stays at home and takes out his frustration on his mother and him. One day, as his father hits them and argues with his grandfather, one of his brothers leaves because of the family's issues.
Synopsis: Mr.Taguchi, an office worker, had an urge to see steam engines and disappeared for three months. When he had spent all his money traveling from town to town and returned, a local newspaper interviews him for a piece. The newspaper recounts a narrative it put together while searching for him, but he finds that the details contradict his experiences. Confused, he reluctantly agrees to write notes for them based on their story.
Synopsis: A veteran of the Burma Campaign who suffers from daydreams bumps into a young woman and talks to her at a café. As he walks with her along an embankment, he rapes her as a nosey lady watches and the lady yells for help afterwards.
Synopsis: A manga artist joins a large group which discusses plans to get revenge on the government. On the day of the attack, his group violently clashes with the riot police protecting Edo Castle and each side suffers casualties. As the manga artist dies, he sees Emperor Hirohito's back as he tips his hat.
Synopsis: A group of men wait outside a blood bank exchanging stories while waiting to sell their blood so they can eat for the day. They speak to a woman who needs money and they collect some to watch her have sex with an old man. However, both are reluctant and the man ends up embracing her instead.