Comic Comparisons of the Koma Pieces in the Game of Shgi

(Koma kurabe shgi no tawamure, 駒くらべ 将棋の戯れ)

Publisher: Gusoku-ya Kahei

c. 1840

 

Shgi is a Japanese game something like chess. Most of the prints show samurai, whose helmets have been replaced by pentagonal shgi game pieces. These prints are of chban size (approximately 7 by 10 inches or 18 by 25 centimeters) and were printed two per sheet on ban sized paper (approximately 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters). This series of prints is listed as number 188 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).

A keima piece is weighing in the balance (Keima no tenbin)

 

It's a big loss as a hisha piece is captured (Hisha o ikedorarecha m makeda)

Setsuin e hairi kakari

Are bisha

Checkmate (te)

 

The knights loin cloth (Keima no fundoshi)

Naribisha secchin no sh o tasukedasu

 

Atama kara kinsh de pishari

Look, many captured koma pieces in my hand (Ote ni wa kono tri)

 

Lost in thoughts (Heta no kangae)

Keima no takaagari

Fu no ejiki

 

Hisha tori te

Naked king (Hadaka sh)

 

Stop, wait! Wait, wait! (Matte kunne Matane matane)

 

Kodomo ga kite wa tamaranie

 

Hisha kaku no torikae

 

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