Tokyo: Hakubunkan, 1894. Meiji 27. 1 folded sheet : color illustrations ; 74 x 103 cm, folded to 26 x 19 cm. 74 x 102.7 cm. Folded in paper slipcase. First edition. A very good copy. Item #44388
Illustration of the Sino-Japanese War; in form of a sugoroku game board. Composed of of image blocks depicting military and naval battle scenes. The game finishes at the final space of a map of Asia. Sugoroku is "a common game with Japanese children, usually played at the New Year. The diagram or board, which is printed in colors, is divided into a number of divisions distinguished by pictures. One of the most popular forms is called do chiu, or "traveling" sugoroku, and is played upon a large sheet of paper on which are represented the various stopping places on a journey. The moves are made according to the throws with one or more dice, or with a teetotum (Japanese coma).... New games are published in Japan at each recurring New Year. Like the corresponding games at the present day in Europe and America, they frequently reflect whatever is uppermost in the popular mind. Thus, in 1894-95 the war with the Chinese gave rise to the Shina sei batsu sugoroku, or "Punishing China surgoroku," a specimen of which is in the University Museum (Cat. No. 17687)" (Stewart Culin: Chess and Playing Cards: Catalogue of Games and Implements for Divination. Smithsonian, 1898).
Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905) was born Tomioka Hidetaro in Nagano Prefecture. He moved to Tokyo at an early age to become an artist. From 1882 he studied with Kobayashi Eitaku and from 1902 onwards devoted himself to the production of kuchi-e, prints for frontispieces of books or to accompany the circulation of newspapers and magazines, which was very fashionable towards the end of the Meiji era. He was well paid by his publishers and won a silver medal at the first joint exhibition organized by the Japan Institute of Arts and the Japan Painting Association. He died in 1905 at age 41, while the Kuchi-e movement is still in its golden age. (See Artlino: Eisen Tomioka and Wikipedia).
OCLC locates one at Univ. Cal. Berkeley.