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Banshu Soroban: Banshu Abacus

December 08, 2015

Abacus has been made as handiwork during the agricultural off-season since old time.
Especially, "Banshu Abacus" (Banshu is the old name of current Hyogo Pref., West Japan) had been well known because of mass production quantity and the high technique.

When shaving beads, craftsman is always proud of the high woodworking skills in producing the even size of bead and the precise position of bead hole. Besides the user friendliness and ease of moving the beads, the feature of beautiful appearance makes it a valuable wooden artwork.

Read the full article:
Banshu Soroban: Banshu Abacus

Translation by: Mana Hara, reviewed by Chan Yee Ting

Also please visit:
Japanese Traditional Crafts Resource Center
Japanese Traditional Arts Resource Center

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