少女倶樂部 新年號附録 皇萬軍歳双六 /滿州志那要圖 [Shōjo Kurabu shinen-gō furoku Kōgun banzai sugoroku]. Supplement to the New Year Issue of Shōjo Kurabu: Long Live the Japanese Imperial Army Sugoroku/ Sketch Map of Manchuria and China. WORLD WAR II SUGOROKU.
少女倶樂部 新年號附録 皇萬軍歳双六 /滿州志那要圖 [Shōjo Kurabu shinen-gō furoku Kōgun banzai sugoroku]. Supplement to the New Year Issue of Shōjo Kurabu: Long Live the Japanese Imperial Army Sugoroku/ Sketch Map of Manchuria and China

少女倶樂部 新年號附録 皇萬軍歳双六 /滿州志那要圖 [Shōjo Kurabu shinen-gō furoku Kōgun banzai sugoroku]. Supplement to the New Year Issue of Shōjo Kurabu: Long Live the Japanese Imperial Army Sugoroku/ Sketch Map of Manchuria and China

Tokyo: Dainihon Yūbenkai Kōdansha 大日本雄辯會講談社, Shōwa 15. [1940]. Stock ID #163506

Colour folding sugoroku with map of China printed in blue ink on reverse. Torn and repaired along a few folds, some browning and soiling on reverse map. A little light staining margins, some light creasing. A good copy. 78.2 x 53.5cm. This sugoroku was issued as a supplement to the New Year's issue of the girls' magazine, Shōjo Kurabu [Girls' Club] 少女倶樂部 in 1940. The idea for the game was developed by Nakamura Seika 中村星果 and the artwork rovided by Sawai Ichisaburō 澤井一三郎.

The sugoroku starts at the lower left corner with a picture of two girls and one boy bowing to the Imperial Palace. From there the player progresses anti-clockwise along the numbered boxes. The theme of the game is work on the home front in support of the war effort. For example 2 girls sewing a sen'ninbari 千人針 [a soldier's good luck belt with one thousand stitches] illustrates the first square, air-raid drill (no.3), imonbun 慰問文 [letters to soldiers] (no.8), buying government bond (no.13), thanking a wounded soldier (no.19), sending off soldiers going to war (no.23) and so on. The central section of the sugoroku is a map of China with scenes of Japanese soldiers fighting. After the 23rd square the players advance along the numbered points in the map from the sea to inland China. The goal is to reach a semi-circular box which shows Japanese soldiers welcomed by Chinese children and a group of Japanese soldiers raising national flags in jubilation at a Chinese city gate. On the reverse of the sugoroku is a map of China and Manchuria on a scale of 1:6,500,000. At the upper left there is an inset map of Europe scale 1:15,000.000.

Interestingly given the date of publication "Made in Nippon {Japan)" is printed in English along the lower margin. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 163506).

Price: $350.00 AU

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