Sugoroku

 

These prints are actually the “boards” for a Japanese board game known as e-sugoroku (絵双六) or simply as sugoroku (双六).  I am grateful to Robert Pryor for assisting with this section.

 

Title: Akiba Horaiji Temple to Ise Grand Shrine, Yamato Tour Tokaido Sugoroku (Akiba Hôraiji Ise sangû Yamato meguri Tôkaidô dôchû sugoroku, 秋葉鳳来寺伊勢参宮大和めぐり東海道道中雙六)

Size: 44 x 65 cm

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Publisher: Akamatsu-ya Shôtarô (赤松庄太郎)

Title: New Edition Palace Servant’s Holiday Amusement Sugoroku Board (新版 宿下り楽双六)

Size: 36 x 63 cm

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Publisher: Yorozu-ya Kichibei

Title: Iroha kana sugoroku (いろは仮名書分双六)

Size: 60 x73 cm

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Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tobei

 

NOTE: This print bears the names of two artists—Kunisada and Kuniyoshi.

Title: Five Confucian Virtues (仁義五常振分双六)

Size: 60 x 72 cm

Date: 1858

Publisher: Heikichi Yamamoto

 

NOTE: This print bears the names of three artists—Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, and Hiroshige.

Title: Good and Evil Roads (善悪道中出世寿古六)

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Date: 7th month of 1855

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Title: 大都会浄瑠璃高鼻寿語録

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Title: 大都会浄瑠璃高鼻寿語録

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Title: 宝の山松繁栄双六

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It is not clear whether this is a keyblock print or a cheap monochrome edition of the above design.

Title: 当年新案延喜吉相百面双六

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Date: 1842-1846 (censor Watanabe Shôemon)

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Title: Mitate of the 53 Famous Stations of the Tokaido Road Sugoroku (新板東海道五拾三次名所入見立道中双六)

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Title: New Edition Joruri (Performer) Kiyomoto (Enjudayu II) (新版 浄瑠璃清元双六)

Size: 47 x 69 cm

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Publisher: Heikichi Yamamoto

Title: Entertaining Exploits of the Three Kingdoms Sugoroku (三国興立功双六)  

Size: 62 x 72 cm

Date: 1855

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Title: Heroes of the Water Margin (水滸伝豪傑双六)

Size: 52 x 91 cm

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Publishers: Tsuru-ya Kiemon, Sano-ya Kihei, Kaga-ya Kichiemon, and Nishimura-ya Yohachi

Title: 破家利口振分双六

Size: 37 x 50 cm

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: Shokindo (祥錦堂)

Title: 莟花江戸子数語録

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Date: 2nd month of 1856

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Title: 蟇仙術豪傑双六

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Date: 11th month of 1852

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotarô

Title: Mitate Joruri Dances Sugoroku (見立浄瑠理おどり双六)

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Date: 1846-1848 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

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Title: Great Hero Sugoroku or Otokodate Sugoroku (Otoko gôketsu sugoroku, 達男豪傑双六)

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Date: 1842-1846

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Title: Actors’ sugoroku (役者見立双六)

Size: 52 x 38 cm

Date: 1833

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

 

NOTE: Kuniyoshi’ signature is written as一勇斎 國よし (Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga).  The “yoshi” character is written in hiragana as よし instead of the usual .

Title: Famous Places Sugoroku (甲斐名所すこ六)

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NOTE: The individual images are signed by different artists, including Kuniyoshi.

Title: Heroic Hakkenden Sudoroku (Hakkenden eiyu sugoroku, 八犬伝英勇双六)

Subtitle: 柳下亭種員 (at bottom right of center)

Size: 48 x 70 cm

Date: 1849-1851 (censors Fuku and Muramatsu)

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

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