Although it looks quite beat up and has a lot of scribblings on the front, I immediately recognized its importance when I first saw it up for sale by a shop selling old documents.
|Nintendo promotional calendar, front|
The item we talk about is a calendar that Nintendo give away to promote their business. The item measures 24 by 14 centimeters.
The front contains details about the company and the back shows a calendar.
|Nintendo promotional calendar, back|
When I spotted the date of the calendar, I became very excited: 大正四年 which stands for Taishō 4!
Taishō is the era in Japanese history when emperor Taishō reigned. This lasted from 1912 to 1926, and Taishō 4 is equal to 1915 in the Western calendar.
|It dates from the year 大正四年 (Taishō 4) in the Japanese calendar|
This means this calendar is a hundred years old. It must have been produced in 1915 or 1914! Nintendo had existed for 25 years at that time and was still managed by its founder Fujisarō Yamauchi.