Sugoroku

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Sugoroku is the name given to two board games in Japan. One of these is a little like the Western “Snakes and Ladders” and many playing boards/sheets on varied themes were printed in the Meiji and later eras. There are at least 4 sugoroku sheets signed by Gekko. The Zodiac game and the Nisshin Senso game appear to have re-used images contained in 2 of Gekko’s small format albums with some additional notation to assist in game play. The third sheet is a spelling game ‘Superu re-doru benkyou sugoroku’ teaching some English words and letter combinations and is from early in his career. The final sheet is another depicting a military theme.

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