新愛知. Showa 6 . Stock ID #163414
Coloured Japanese sugoroku or game complete with players pieces along right margin, 54.8 cm x 79.5 cm. Issued as a supplement to Shin Aichi published on 1 January Showa 6 (1931) no. 14129. Three vertical creases, occasional light browning, very minor insect damage at lower left margin, otherwise very good. An historically intriguing sugoroku designed to educate the young Japanese player about many different countries while they "travel" the world. The 20 squares each represent a different place and include: Britain, France, Austria, Siberia, America, Brazil, the Southern Ocean, Antarctic, Africa, Spain, Germany, Italy, China, India, and Nagoya.
The British square focusses on manners and shows the Prime Minister of the day, Ramsay MacDonald, saying "Welcome" as he courteously offers the young Japanese visitors a drink. The Japanese visitors reply with a polite "Thank you". The Italian square is labelled "Hero" and features a rather fierce looking Mussolini, arms crossed, looking directly at the young Japanese visitor who stands on a table saluting him. The young Japanese boy says "I'm sorry", but for what the boy is sorry we do not know! The German square is illustrated by an image of Dr Hugo Eckener, the manager of the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin between the war and the famous commander of the Graf Zeppelin on its first flight around the world. Hugo Eckener was known for his anti-Nazi views and so within a few years of this sugoroku's publication his career was largely over. Other squares show famous people, such as Chiang Kai-shek (China), Charlie Chaplin (Los Angeles), famous tennis player Henri Cochet (France), famous ski instructor Hannes Schneider (Austria) or well known stereotypical scenes. Although the Antarctic square unsurprisingly features penguins, the penguins are delightfully pictured standing on each others shoulders in a pyramid with two penguins passing by saying to each other "Let's say Banzai"! (When referring to this item please quote stockid 163414).
Price: $450.00 AU