Reports on Research Surveys by Year

August 29-September 5, 2014

The 6th Survey of Materials in the Brandenstein Family Collection

Conducted by National Museum of Japanese History (Miyasaka, "Alexander and Heinrich Team")

Survey Location: Brandenstein Castle (Schlüchtern, Germany)

Sponsor: Masahide Miyasaka (Nagasaki Junshin Catholic University), Toru Hoya, Yoko Matsui, Akiyoshi Tani, Sayaka Takayama, Torigoe (From the University of Tokyo Historiographical Institute), Matty Forrer (Leiden National Museum of Ethnology), Hidaka Kaoru , Mariko Fukuoka, Katsuta Toru (From the National Museum of Japanese History)


Description:This year's survey of documents, old photographs, and physical objects left at Brandenstein Castle by Philipp Franz von Siebold and his two sons, Alexander and Heinrich, was divided into two teams to photograph and document the collection: one for the exhibition rooms of the Siebold Museum and one for the castle's cellar.

(1) Siebold Museum Exhibition Room Team (Hidaka, Miyasaka, and Katsuta):
Continuing the work of previous years, this team photographed the materials on display at Brandenstein Castle’s Siebold Museum.

(2) Castle Cellar Team (Hoya, Matsui, Fukuoka and the Tokyo Historiographical Institute Photography Team (Tani, Takayama, and Torigoe)):

Continuing the work of previous years, photographs were taken of documents and photographs. In particular, materials were selected for loan, and photographs were made for the catalog of the exhibition Relations between Germany and Japan: 150 Years of Friendship, scheduled to tour the National Museum of Japanese History, as well as museums in Naruto, Nagasaki, and Yokohama beginning the summer of 2015. Additionally, a new survey of materials held on the top floor of the castle was carried out.

(Text: Fukuoka)

The "map case" from the Exhibition Room of Brandenstein Castle's Siebold Museum