日露戰爭明細地圖 / Detailed Map of the Russo-Japanese War.
1904 (undated) 15 x 21 in (38.1 x 53.34 cm)
1 : 1152000
An uncommon 1904 Meiji 37 Japanese map and Sugoroku game board drawn to illustrate the events and Russian military costumes from the Russo-Japanese War (1904 - 19045). The game board depicts from eastern China in the vicinity of Tianjin eastward to include parts of Manchuria, the Liaoning Peninsula (Dalian), Korean Peninsula, and eastern Shandong. Figures throughout represent Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Russian military figures – some of which are on horseback.
The essence of the game, generally known as simplified sugoroku, is akin to the western board game, snakes and ladders. Historically there are two variants of sugoroku, one that is similar to backgammon, and the presently offered 'snakes and ladders' variant. This version of the game appeared as early as the 13th century, and was popularized by the rise of printing technology, especially in the Edo and Meiji periods, and subsequent availability of high-quality visually-arresting gameboards. Here players move along the rail road networks as they make their way to the finish. The game board here highlights Japan's military prowess, with battleships blockading the coast.
Very good. Light soiling. Some wear on original folds.