21 January, 2017

Glues for Japanese ancient documents

In order to get any information about soybean glue using Japanese ancient documents, I went to see the Paper Museum. For my analyses of historical documents in our project, Integrated Studies of Cultural and Research Resources, I'm now searching any papers about this topic.

Unfortunately, in the Paper Museum, all of exhibition panels about glues show just only "starch", and I was not able to know about these contents. But I got some basic knowledge on history of paper makings.

Next, referring to the following preliminary studies, I'm exploring reference materials of experimental glues. 
  • Hayakawa, N. 2014. Analysis of an ancient adhesive, the so-called “Mamenori” (unfermented soybean paste). Science for Conservation 53: 81-95.
  • Ohashi, Y., Obayashi, K., Inaba, M. 2016. Soybean glue for ancient and medieval manuscripts: Documents survey and trial manufacture of powdered soybean glue. Bunkazai Hozon-Syuhuku Gakkaishi [Kobunkazai no Kagaku] 59: 1-8.
  • Okada, F. & Akimoto, S. 1998. Experimental reproduction of soybean paste described in ancient literature. Bunkazai Hozon-Syuhuku Gakkaishi [Kobunkazai no Kagaku] 42: 15-25.
  • Shimano, M. 1999. A study on paste resistance for katazome dyeing--Application of soybean paste. Bunka Joshi Daigaku Kiyo 30: 99-106.
  • Yamada, T., Nakano, I., Teranishi, K., Hisamatsu, M. 1996. Studies on furunori. Journal of Applied Glycoscience 43 (2): 137-142. 

18 January, 2017

Academic report

My new article is just published on The Archaeological Journal.

Ayako Shibutani. 2017. Plant food in the Jomon period from starch granules: for exploring diachronic changes and their processes of food cultures. The Archaeological Journal 694: 35-39. (in Japanese)

06 January, 2017

Report meeting

"Natural Environment in the Little Ice Age and Lives of the Ainu from the Scope of Usu in Hokkaido I"
(Research Report Meeting for JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(B))

Date & hours: March 11 (Sat) in 2017, 14:00-16:00
Venue: Date Rekishi-no-Mori Culture Center, Date city, Hokkaido

*Admission free

[First Remark] Yuji Soeda (Hokkaido Museum)


1 Tomoya Aono (Date City Institute of Funkawan Culture)
2 Ayako Shibutani (National Museum of Japanese History)
3 Naoki Kohno (National Museum of Nature and Science,Tokyo)

[Panel Discussion]
Panelists: Aono, Shibutani, Kohno, Soeda
Moderator: Miyuki Shibata (Writer)