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 For my analyses of historical documents in our project, Integrated Studies of Cultural and Research Resources, I'm now searching any papers about this topic.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. 

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