AB 81-82


  • AB 75-8 a Pencil
  • AB 81-82 Soroban (front)
  • AB 75-16 Riddle Card Game
  • 2006.X.102 Randoseru Backpack (closed)
  • AB 756 d Ruler
  • AB 756 t Book (volume one)
  • 2006.X.199 Photo Album (cover)
  • 2006.X.84 Abacus
  • AB 756 k Box of Crayons (closed)
  • AB 756 a Book Bag (closed)
  • 2009.105.1 a-d Clay Working Tools
  • AB 90-8 Animal School Supplies
  • AB 75-9 Football Pencil
  • 2006.X.86 Planner (cover)
  • AB 82-35 Mojiasobi Game
  • AB 86-5 Chopsticks Set
What is it?
What is it made of?
Where is it from?
Nishijin District, Kyoto, Japan
When was it made?
Object ID
AB 81-82

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), housing 15 metal rods on which wooden counting beads are strung. The numbers have been carved on (decimal digit indicators), and the back features an advertisement with a phone number and a metal plate to convert the Japanese system to the metric system. It originally comes from a transportation company in the Nishijin District of Kyoto.

Donated by Mr. Seizaburo Sumiyama, 1979
AB 81-82 Soroban (front)