TYPE: Game
DIMENSIONS: 21 X 30 inches
ITEM ID: 2302
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Life of a Mother Sugoroku Game

DATE
Year: 1912
Decade: 1910s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: Meiji 45

Japanese Sugoroku about 24 hours in the life of a mother; a game about “morality” done by the artist Kawabata. It shows a mother waking up at 5:30 and taking care of her family until late at night.

According to scholar Angelika Koch, “This is a sugoroku but it is entitled ’24 hours in a family’s life’. It was published with the women’s magazine Fujin Sekai (Women’s World) in the Taisho period. It shows the daily activities of a nuclear family (mother, father and one male/female child throughout the day). It is a kind of snakes-and-ladder game and e.g. there are instructions that if one does not say ‘I’m leaving’ when one lands on the field where the children go to school, one loses one’s turn; similarly one has to go back if one forgets to say ‘Thank you for the meal’ when landing on the dinner field, etc.'”