1930 Osaka Mainichi Shinbun World Map Sugoroku

世界航空路圖 / Sekai kōkūrozu. / World Aviation Route Map.  / 征空すごろく/ Seikū su-goro ku. - Main View

1930 Osaka Mainichi Shinbun World Map Sugoroku


Graphically wonderful Japanese world aviation board game.


世界航空路圖 / Sekai kōkūrozu. / World Aviation Route Map. / 征空すごろく/ Seikū su-goro ku.
  1930 (dated)     29.5 x 41 in (74.93 x 104.14 cm)     1 : 27000000


A rare 1930 or Showa 5 Japanese pictorial map of the world and sugoroku game. Presented on a Mollweide projection and centered on Japan, this map illustrates the entire world and historic flights paths are highlighted in red. The historic flights noted include the Circumnavigation of World by the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) in 1924, Charles Lindbergh’s Solo Transatlantic Flight (May 20-21, 1927), the Airship Italia’s route to the North Pole (1928), and the Circumnavigation by the Graf Zeppelin airship in 1929. The map proper is surrounded by 52 vignette images illustrating global capitals, countryside, flora, fauna, and culture.
The Japanese subtitle describes the board as an 'Education Game for a New Age.' Game instructions appear at the bottom of the map. 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, leading to the production of high-quality visually-arresting gameboards. A standard sugoroku board has a starting point, the furi-dashi, and a winding or spiral path terminating at the agari or finish-line. The gameplay itself, not unlike 'snakes and ladders,' is a race to the finish.'
Publication History and Census
This game map was issued by the Japanese daily newspaper, Ōsaka Mainichi Shinbun (大阪每日新聞社編) for the New Year's Day edition, no. 16, 755. OCLC lists perhaps five copies worldwide and the map is uncommon on the market.


The Osaka Mainichi Shimbun (大阪毎日新聞; 1876 - 1942) was an Osaka based daily newspaper active in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Osaka Mainichi Shimbun (大阪毎日新聞, Osaka Daily News) was founded in 1876 as Osaka Nippo(大阪日報). In 1888 it was renamed Osaka Mainichi Shimbun. In 1911 it merged with the Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shimbun (東京日日新聞), but both companies continued to print their newspapers independently until 1943, they were consolidated under the Mainichi Shimbun (毎日新聞, Daily News) masthead. The Mainichi Shimbun is today one of Japans larges and longest lasting newspapers. Learn More...


Good. Some wear along original fold lines. Professionally flattened and backed with archival tissue. Small areas of loss at fold intersections.


OCLC 941281151. Rumsey 7926.000.