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«Полезные записи об изготовлении бумаги» («Камисуки тёхоки») как первое иллюстрированное руководство по изготовлению бумаги

Японские исследования. 2018. № 3. С. 49-77.
Оськина А. С., Пасивкина С. А.

The article touches upon the phenomenon of Japanese handmade paper given the example of “The Precious Notes on Papermaking” (“Kamisuki Chohoki”) as the first printed illustrated manual on papermaking in Japan. When Japanese masters borrowed first samples of paper from China, they spent long time to adopt new technology of papermaking and find the most fitting materials. Apart from western masters, who engaged in making this process more mechanized, Japanese masters maintained manual way of papermaking up to 1872. All this time they considered quality more important than quantity. This probably made Japanese paper an example of the highest quality. The manual on papermaking “Kamisuki Chohoki” (1798) was published for the first time. It became well known not only among Japanese masters, but also among foreigners.The article also provides full translation of “The Precious Notes on Papermaking” into Russian language.