Welcome back and hello 2023. Some Japanese companies are pessimistic about business this year while Elon Musk's SpaceX launches its 'Starlink' service in Japan targeting rural areas where the internet is next to non-existent. And with the New Year holiday continuing for some until next week, we dig into the archives of the National Diet Library
, Kasumigaseki, and look at old Japanese Sugoroku
board games from the Edo period, with 'ban-sugoroku' (Backgammon) and 'e-sugoroku' (Snakes & Ladders) featuring domestic landmarks and the aspirations of one day traveling aboard.
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