Winds Around The World
This is a commemorative Japanese cartographic board game – it appears to be a racing game, but the Japanese game Sugoroku has similarities with snakes and ladders. The game commemorates a long distance Tokyo-Paris-London-Rome flight by Japanese army officers Abe Hiroshi and Kawachi Kazuhiko in two Breguet Bre. 19 aircraft, Hatsukaze (First wind) and Kochikaze (East wind).
Originally purchased by the Japanese Nakajima company with a view to production under license, they were bought by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper group and upgraded for this flight. Hiroshi and Kazuhiko took off in July 1925, reached Paris on September 27, London on October 12 and Rome on October 27. Rome, the final destination, is represented by Romulus and Remus and the she-wolf.
Condition & Materials
54 x 79 cm, printed in colours, restoration in the right hand side of the bottom margin where a missing piece has been made good, old folds with some wear at the fold intersections strengthened on the verso, blank verso.