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March 30, 2013

Domestic Research Meetings 
Folk Materials in the Siebold Collection at the State Museum of Ethnology in Munich

Conducted by National Museum of Japanese History (Kurushima, "General Coordinating Team")

Venue: National Museum of Japanese History, Research Room 2

Organizer: National Museum of Japanese History (Kurushima, "General Coordinating Team")

Participants:
Hiroshi Kurushima (NMJH), Takahiro Aoki (NMJH), Miki Sakuraba (NMJH), Hitoshi Yamada (Tohoku University), Soichiro Sunami (Gangoji Institute for Research of Cultural Property)

Presenters and Presentation Topics:
1. Hitoshi Yamada, "General Overview of the Entire Folk Materials Survey of the Siebold Collection"
2. Miki Sakuraba, "Folk Materials in the Siebold Collection: The Survey of Natural Resources and Objects"

 

Description:
The survey of the Siebold Collection at the State Museum of Ethnology in Munich is a priority for this project. That collection contains a high percentage of folk materials. In addition to an overview of the folk materials surveyed by Hitoshi Yamada and Miki Sakuraba and their distinguishing features, the research meeting also provided an opportunity for discussion follwing remarks from Soichiro Sunami and Takahiro Aoki on materials for which production sites, dates, and uses are undetermined. Plans to survey folk materials in the future and the methods for examining them were also addressed at the meeting.
The folk materials collecte by Siebold represent an extremely diverse assortment of items, from everyday tools to foods, natural objects, Chinese herbal medicine, toys, paper products, and more. Another distinctive feature of the collection is the abundance of items from the social middle class.

(Text: Sakuraba)


Presentation by Hitoshi Yamada