This red child's backpack, called a randoseru, contains various school supplies and other items. The bag is red leather or vinyl, in a rectangular shape. The red color is traditionally used by girls, while boys favor black backpacks. The metal clasp, on which the word "Atomu"...
This photo album has a cover decorated with a violet flower in a green vase and some Japanese text that reads "Stars in Heaven, Flowers in the Ground, Love in People" on the right-hand side. The spine is tied with a green string. The album is a reproduction of the family photo album of a girl...
This abacus has a black frame with wooden rods and white counting beads.
An abacus, or counting frame (soroban in Japanese), is a tool originating in Asia that is used for arithmetic. It was imported to Japan from China around 1600. Merchants, traders, and clerks in some parts...
This small student planner keeps a record of attendance and has a yellow plastic cover with animal cartoons on it. The cartoon figures include a brown bear, a pink rabbit with a red bow, and a round orange face sitting among a bouquet of flowers. There are illustrations throughout the pages of...
|Clay Working Tools
This set of three plastic clayworking tools in a plastic carrying case includes one orange plastic stylus with a round point on one end and a square point on the other, one pink plastic cutting tool/dough scraper, and one flat plastic yellow knife tool with a tapered handle. All are stored in...
|Riddle Card Game
This card game of "Riddle Cards" (Nazonazo Karuta) comes in a colorful cardboard box. The box is filled with cards that have pictures or characters on one side and are blank on the other. The exterior of the box shows a bear wearing a mortarboard cap, green overalls, and a red bow tie...
This pencil (or "enpitsu" in Japanese) is made for children and features cartoon-like designs of a blonde girl with blue and red flowers in her hair. Her face is repeated amid other red and pink flowers on a white background around the whole pencil. It is one of a set of four pencils...
|AB 75-8 a
This pencil (or "enpitsu" in Japanese) is made for children and features football players in jerseys of various colors. The words "American Football" appear at the top in English. It is one of a set of four pencils in two patterns, purchased from the children's book department of a...
|AB 75-9 a
This small rectangular leather book bag is part of a collection of items that would have been used by a 6th grade schoolgirl in Japan.
|AB 756 a
This yellow wooden ruler features one side with demarcations for 30 centimeters and unmarked demarcations of a different size on the other side. The ruler is part of a collection of items that would have been used by a 6th grade schoolgirl in Japan.
|AB 756 d
This thin, rectangular Japanese crayon box is part of a collection of items that would have been used by a 6th grade schoolgirl in Japan. The box features the words "Maitei Kureon" ("Mighty Crayons") in katakana across the front and again underneath the top lid. A modern,...
|AB 756 k
|Collected Gems of Japanese Children's Stories
This book, in two volumes, is titled Collected Gems of Japanese Children's Stories. The books are part of a collection of items that would have been used by a 6th grade schoolgirl in Japan.
The books are rather large, hardback volumes with their own cases (one case is now...
|AB 756 t
This soroban, or Japanese abacus, belonged to The Japanese House. The Japanese soroban differs from the Chinese abacus in that it only has one row of beads on top, resulting in a slightly different calculation system. The soroban is made of wood (frame and back),...
|Mojiasobi Hiragana Game
This set of 50 wooden blocks inside a wooden open box features the 46 hiragana characters. The kana (characters) are stenciled on one side of each block; a corresponding word and picture are painted on the reverse side. Four of the blocks are blank, one of which has a blue...
This portable hashi setto, or chopsticks and utensil set, includes a red plastic case with a design featuring Hello Kitty drinking from a yellow tea set on the cover. The case contains a stainless steel fork and spoon with red plastic handles decorated with Hello Kitty, a clock, a...
|Animal School Supplies
This desk set features school supplies in the shape of animals. They are all held in a black plastic case with a clear lid that has an inscription on the upper right-hand corner. The colorful animals inside include a blue elephant that doubles as a paper clip case (with two pink clips inside,...