parcheesi board: brick tower on street with people looking out of nearly every window; kites flying in sky; man hanging from balloon in UL throwing confetti; people walking, talking, carrying balloons on the street below; sky is richly colored blue, white, and red; flap at ULC with man descending in balloon throwing confetti placed over similar figure on ULC of print

Sugoroku of Looking Out from Ryōunkaku, Asakusa Park, November 1890

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Sugoroku is a popular Japanese board game played similarly to “Snakes and Ladders.” Edo-period publishers produced Sugoroku boards like this one in a variety of themes, everything from classical literature to erotica. Here, the game board is formed by a famous building, the Ryōunkaku, with players progressing from bottom to top along its windows, which are each numbered. Ryōunkaku was a twelve-story skyscraper—Japan’s first—constructed in 1890 in Tokyo’s Asakusa district. It was one of the city’s most visible landmarks until it was destroyed by the Great Kantō earthquake of 1923.

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Sugoroku of Looking Out from Ryōunkaku, Asakusa Park
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Accession Number
2015.79.235
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 505
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parcheesi board: brick tower on street with people looking out of nearly every window; kites flying in sky; man hanging from balloon in UL throwing confetti; people walking, talking, carrying balloons on the street below; sky is richly colored blue, white, and red; flap at ULC with man descending in balloon throwing confetti placed over similar figure on ULC of print