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Publisher: OSAKA MAINICHI SHINBUN
Title: World Flight Routes (all in Japanese).
Published: Osaka, 1930

Size: 30.1 x 41.7 inches.
76.5 x 106.0 cm.
Colouring: Colour printed.
Condition:  In very good condition. Folds as issued.
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A large very decorative Japanese world map published as sugoroku (a Japanese game which might be compared to backgammon) published as a supplement to the 1930 New Year’s Day edition of the Osaka Mainichi Shimbun newspaper.

The really interesting map is drawn on a Mollweide projection instead the more commonly used Mercator projection: cartographers use the Mollweide projection when an accurate representation of area takes precedence over the accuracy of shapes.
Countries are in shades of yellow, orange, green, red, purple and brown, oceans are blue. The graphically striking design encouraging players to make their way around the world along aviation routes of various types. The map also features the tracks of four legendary pioneering flights, being: the Circumnavigation of World by the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) in 1924, Charles Lindbergh’s Solo Transatlantic Flight (May 20-1, 1927), the Airship Italia’s route to the North Pole (1928) and the Circumnavigation by the Graf Zeppelin airship in 1929.

Japan lies at the center, with countries identified by national flags.
Around the border of the map are black and white images of people, animals, and historical buildings relating to the different stops along the way. The text boxes at the bottom give directions for playing the game, and important things for children to learn.


Conquering the skies board game (all in Japanese). A sugoroku game (a Japanese game which might be compared to backgammon) of graphically striking design encouraging players to make their way around the world along aviation routes of various types (e.g. the Zeppelin route.) Japan lies at the center, with countries identified by national flags.
Around the border of the map are black and white images of people, animals, and historical buildings relating to the different stops along the way. The text boxes at the bottom give directions for playing the game, and important things for children to learn.
It was a New Years newspaper supplement to Mainichi Shinbun, dated Showa 5 (1930). Text in Japanese. The subtitle on the right reads: Educational Games for a New Age, the subtitle on the left reads: New Years Supplement to Osaka Mainichi Newspaper. Map title: World Flight Routes. Lower right: Directions for playing.
"The easiest way" "Here are instructions for the easiest way to play. Around the map are assembled the world's interesting and well-known places. Most likely, these are all places that everyone wishes they could visit sometime. Departing from Osaka and moving to all the places in order of 2, 3, 4, you then return to Tokyo [52]. The player who reaches there first is the winner. "Throw the dice and proceed as many places as the number you cast..." Upper right text informs players of distances between locations, with basic geographic facts. The legend, toward the bottom of the map oval, shows 5 types of red lines & 1 square: 1. Well-known large aircraft route (refers to zeppelin, seen center of map) 2. First-class limited time route 3. Liner air route 4.
Air route already mastered/controlled/conquered 5. Planned route. Main localities [red square inside black square].

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