Our Sugoroku collection vividly illustrates Japanese social changes of the day. The Sugoroku (literally, ‘double sixes’) was a board game, a popular pastime in Japan for hundreds of years. It used counters and a playing board (printed on paper), and is similar to the Western game of snakes and ladders. Numerous sugoroku were made for genuine recreation, though some others have more serious purposes; to promote morale or nationalism, to educate people, young and old. Whatever the topics are, always images are colourful and informative; no wonder it has been popular.
- Japanese backgammon board game (= Sugoroku) collection – view some of the colourful images from the Library’s Sugoroku collection.