不思議の国付録. 世界一周競争双六. [Fushigi no Kuni furoku. Sekai isshū kyoso sugoroku]. [Fushigi no Kuni Supplement. Around the World Race Sugoroku]. KATSUJIRO KOITO, 小糸勝次郎.

不思議の国付録. 世界一周競争双六. [Fushigi no Kuni furoku. Sekai isshū kyoso sugoroku].
[Fushigi no Kuni Supplement. Around the World Race Sugoroku].

東京. [Tokyo]. Kinransha. [金蘭社]. Taishō 16 [ 1927]. Stock ID #169970

Large coloured folded sugoroku map with playing pieces in the shape of planes and trains along the borders, a Japanese first name written in red pencil on the right bottom border, a little light foxing and careless folding, otherwise very good. 54.5 x 78cm.

Issued as the New Year's Day supplement to a children's magazine, Fushigi no Kuni (Wonder Land), issued on 1 January 1927, this large colourful sugoroku features a tour around the world. Interestingly, the date of issue is recorded as the 16th year of Taisho era (1927), but with the death of Taisho Emperor on 26 December 1926, a new era of Showa started and 1927 became the second year of Showa. The map of the world is distorted to fit the all the major cities evenly in a square surface. Japan is place in the centre right and the geographical arrangement of continents and seas covers the Atlantic, Europe, North Africa, Russia, Asia, the Pacific and North America.

The players start from Tokyo and firstly proceed to west to Korea or China. They reach Europe either by the south route via India or by the north route via Russia. Leningrad is marked with a bust of Lenin. Several European cities are marked with illustrations, such as Big Ben in London and a bull fight in Madrid. If a stop is made at Bordeaux in France, the player can have a swig of sake, and, at Madrid one must pretend to be a bull. After crossing the Atlantic, the North American cities, such as New York and Chicago are visited. When a stop is made at Los Angeles which is marked with illustrations of a Hollywood camera man and Charlie Chaplin on the roof, the player is required to copy the comedian's gesture. Chaplin and his films were very popular in Japan in the 1920s. The game finishes when the player returns to Tokyo.

This sugoroku game was used to educate Japanese primary school children about geography and cultures of the world through a fun play.

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