On 10th and 11th, the second meeting of the collaborative research for approaching to plant utilization in the Jomon period was conducted. We saw Yashu asa (Yashu hemp) cultivated in Kanuma-shi, Tochigi Prefecture on 10th, and on the next day 11th, we discussed plant utilization in the Jomon period at the meeting in the Tochigi Prefectural Museum.
It was not until I saw the hemp field that I knew hemp plants grow around 2m in height.
Hemp field (left) and their leaves(right)
Fibre of hemp (left) and drying after asa-hiki (harvesting hemp, right)
Drying ogara (hemp stems, left) and ogara used for kaya-buki-yane (thatched roof, right)
My museum (JAPANESE) will conduct "Satoyama Exhibition (exhibition about the local terrestrial environment that is managed and used by village people, to be confirmed)", and now I discuss about the materials together with my colleagues. So this tour in Tochigi can be helpful for our exhibition.