by Iwaya Sazanami as a New Year memorial supplement of "Shonen
Sekai" (The Boy's World), picture by Chikuha Kokukan, printed
by Hakubun-kan / size (cm) 54v x 78w.
A sugoroku whose title "country opening"
is very fresh, which reminds us on upheaval of time and
power of history.
11 blocks from 26 are concerned with civil or other warfare.
It starts with Perry's arrival and ends up with honors granting
of Japan-Russian War. It's interesting to take the case
of Namamugi(*) as the incident of the destruction of Edo
government. The main topics between the end of Edo and the
beginning of Meiji are covered chronically so well that
it narrates history more visually and explains the relationships
among the events more clear than many trite textbook.
＊The case of Namamugi....A case took place
in the Namamugi Village near Yokohama where Satsuma feudal
lord Shimadzu Hisamitsu made 4 British people injured because
they crossed ahead of the parade with which Shimadzu escorted
the emperor's messenger from Edo to Kyoto. The British mission
chief required 25 thousand pounds to Satsuma-han and 100
thousand pounds to Edo government as a compensation and
demanded a punishment of the criminals. Satsuma-han refused
it whereas Edo government accepted it, which caused the
Satsuma-Britain war in the next year. This case has indicated
that Edo government has lost the power to control over leading
feudal lords and proved the fall of its authority.