Great European Visit Memorial Flight Game
- Great European Visit Memorial Flight Game
- Full Title:
- Ōhō daihikō kinen hikō yūgi [Great European Visit Memorial Flight Game]
- Persuasive Maps: PJ Mode Collection
- Other Creator(s):
- Asahi Shimbun, publisher
- Date posted:
- ID Number:
- Advertising & Promotion
Between the Wars
- (cm, H x W) 54 x 79
- Collector's Notes:
- This attractive map and game board celebrates a trip by air from Tokyo to the major cities of Europe - a moment of Japanese national pride and a landmark event in Japanese aviation. The trip was sponsored by Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan's oldest and most respected newspapers. In 1925, the paper purchased two Breguet 19 French bi-planes, fitted them out with additional fuel tanks for long-range flights, named them Hatsukaze (First Wind) and Kochikaze (East Wind), and selected pilots and flight engineers. On July 25, 1925, the travelers took off from Tokyo. Flying by way of China and Siberia, they visited Moscow, Berlin, Paris, London, and Brussels, arriving in Rome, their final stop, on October 27. They traveled 16,565 kilometers (more than 10,000 miles) in a little under 111 hours of flying time.
This map was published folded, as a supplement to the Asahi Shinbun issue of December 10, 1925. In the center is a view of the eastern hemisphere overlaid with dramatic images of the two bi-planes. Flags and pictorial elements reflect the various stops along the way. The pilots (Yusun Abe Hiroshi and Kawachi Kazuhiko) and the engineers (Shinohara Shunichiro and Katagiri Shohei) are pictured at the upper right. The image doubles as a sugoroku, a form of board game popular in Japan (as well as in the West), in which players compete to retrace the visits of the historic flight and arrive first in Rome.
Oddly, the term Chosŏn Haehyŏp (朝鮮海峡) is used here to describe the strait between Japan and Korea. The Japanese name of this strait is Tsushima Kaikyō (対馬海峡). Japan and Korea have a long history of arguing over the naming of this body of water, and it's surprising to see the Korean term used here in a Japanese publication intended to promote Japanese national pride.
Virtually all of the foregoing - and all of the translations - courtesy Kevin Brown, Geographicus Rare Antique Maps.
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- Archival Collection:
- P.J. Mode collection of persuasive cartography
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