“Sugoroku” is a Japanese board game (similar to backgammon or snakes and ladders) that became popular in Japan in the late 19th century and the background content provide a unique window or insight into Japan. These were brought into the possession in the library of Princeton University in New Jersey in 1926 and it became an important archive due to the popular response of foreigners all over the world.
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Japan on the World Stage of Sugoroku (1926)
First, the unique positioning of the world map 90 degrees (Hidarigakita, Upper East) showcasing major ocean routes at that time and the dominant position of Europe along with an interesting view of the United States from Japan is captured on this particular board layout.
Boy Around the World Sugoroku (1909)
Children Play Sugoroku (1917)
Modern Women Sugoroku (1913)
Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere World Travel Sugoroku (1944)
Science Osaka Kyoiku Cartoon – Atomic Sugoroku (1950)