Monopoly: a Japanese crafts and traditional arts version

Monopoly: a Japanese crafts and traditional arts version

580 347 Michaël da Silva Paternoster

The Japanese company Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten has released an updated version of the Monopoly board game that highlight the Japanese culture and crafts.

To celebrate its 300th anniversary, the Japanese company Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten has released a version of Monopoly showcasing Japanese crafts and traditions. This company based in Nara is famous for its textile goods and souvenirs using the Japanese traditional artisanship.

monopoly-zipangu

Only 5,000 boxes of this game will be sold for a price of about 9,000 yen. You can order your copy of this ultra-limited edition of Monopoly on the website of Nakagawa Masashichi Soten.

Become the owner of objects that have made the History of Japanese craftsmanship and folklore

The board reuse the style of Meiji and Taisho eras.

The board reuse the style of Meiji and Taisho eras.

Want to buy properties in renowned streets? Forget that! With this updated version of the most famous board game ever, you can buy toys, objects or accessories that have marked the History of the country of the rising sun.

Could this be the map of Japan?

Could this be the map of Japan?

monopoly-zipangu-cards monopoly-zipangu-chance-cards

Monopoly pawns become icons of several regions of Japan

Pawns of the game are representing folkloric animals or famous toys of some parts of Japan.

A Daruma riding a boar, a representation of a papier-mache toy of the Taisho era, which was produced in the current district of Suma, in Kobe.

A Daruma riding a boar, a representation of a papier-mache toy of the Taisho era, which was produced in the current district of Suma, in Kobe.

A deer, symbolizing the city of Nara.

A deer, symbolizing the city of Nara.

A horse with bells representing the Chagu Chagu Umakko festival of the city of Morioka in the Tohoku.

A horse with bells representing the Chagu Chagu Umakko festival of the city of Morioka in the Tohoku.

 

A whale on wheels, a popular toy representing whales of the bay of Kochi, in southern Shikoku.

A whale on wheels, a popular toy representing whales of the bay of Kochi, in southern Shikoku.

The Maneki Neko, representing the Tokoname City in Aichi Prefecture, which is famous for producing these little cat statuettes.

The Maneki Neko, representing the Tokoname City in Aichi Prefecture, which is famous for producing these little cat statuettes.

A rabbit pounding rice cakes. It was a famous toy of the Meiji era produced in the city of Sawara in Chiba Prefecture.

A rabbit pounding rice cakes. It was a famous toy of the Meiji era produced in the city of Sawara in Chiba Prefecture.

Six other pawns representing colored plastic deer are also in the game box. Personally, I prefer those featuring old toys and mythological animals of the ancient Japan.

monopoly-zipangu-alternative-pawns

Japanese folklore is so vast that the company Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten could have made dozens of other pawns.

Michaël da Silva Paternoster

French living in Japan since 2016. I work as a manager and marketing consultant for several Japanese and foreign companies.

All stories by : Michaël da Silva Paternoster

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.