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新板葉唄都々一辻占壽語呂久 / 舘直次撰 ; 寶齋國玉画圖.

Shinpan hauta dodoitsu tsujiura sugoroku / Tachi Naoji sen ; Hōsai Kunitama gazu.

Visual material
  • [Japan] : Legataya zōhan, [between 1868 and 1912]
  • [Japan] : 家形屋蔵版, [between 1868 and 1912]
  • [Japan] : Daikokuya Heikichi hatsu, [between 1868 and 1912]
  • [Japan] : 大黒屋平吉發, [between 1868 and 1912]
1 sheet : color ; 60 x 72 cm + 1 envelope (24 x 18 cm)
Summary note:
This fortune-telling sugoroku game uses Chinese augury methods based on the Book of Changes. The eight basic combinations (hakke) of heaven, lake, fire, thunder, wind, water, mountain, and earth are subdivided into 64 minor combinations that comprise all the steps along the way from the beginning (furidashi) to the goal (agari). Each step also includes an illustrated dodoitsu, comical poem with a 7-7-7-5 syllable structure that became popular during the Edo period (1615-1868). The beginning square on the bottom right contains the auspicious symbol for Keniten, which represented new beginnings. Each fortune-telling symbol is in a yellow box and is followed by a description. In a red box in the upper left-hand corner of each square, we can read what each symbol means in terms of relationships, losses, and wishes. The 64th symbol is at the goal, which is also described as the finale. In this box, we see the legendary figure of Tamamonomae, who was finally made to appear in her true manifestation as a nine-tailed fox when exorcised by the powerful Onmyoji, Abe no Yasuchika.
  • Title in translation: The latest edition of humorous song fortune-telling sugoroku.
  • The woodblock illustration on the envelope is by a different artist, Morikawa (Utagawa) Chikashige, and is engraved by Katata Horinaga. Two sets of directions for use are provided on the back of the envelope. The first method is called "A child's hasty fortune" and the second is "Changing ones fortune." Both methods involve the use of divining rods.
  • On envelope: "外題周重画; 片田彫長"
  • Gameboards Japanese Meiji period, 1868-1912.
  • Color prints, Japanese Meiji period, 1868-1912.
  • Wood-engraving, Japanese Meiji period, 1868-1912.
Other title(s):
Title on envelope:
  • Tsujiura sugoroku
  • 辻占壽語六
Other views:
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