ĦBirth of Pictured Sugoroku
The first pictured Sugoroku is supposed to be the Buddhist one which
is invented to make monks study Buddhist terms. It is thus called Terms
Sugoroku as well. Drawn with carbon ink, no pictures yet.
The pictured Sugoroku emerged in Edo era then at last, it widespread everywhere in Japan.
Jodo Sugoroku hit its peak at Hoei era, but began to decline at Shotoku
era and was non existent at Kasei era. Its theme was rewarding good
and punishing evil philosophy based on the Chines Buddhist Selection
drawing, so its goal was the Buddhist paradise.
It was the technique of Ukiyo-e, multiple colored printing with wood plates which was at the highest level of the world those days, accelerated this move. Many variances were developed then such as actor, journey, sight seeing, artistic, brave, family teaching, war and etc. with help of these innovation from hard- and software sides both.
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