My reaction seeing Japanese wooden calculator for the first time.

hi hivers,
how was the Halloween ? I hope you all had a great time.
I want to talk about something I saw told, it's something I have always heard of but I have never been opportune to see it in reality because it's not in my country, I have always seen it in Japanese/ Chinese movies and pictures. I know to some people this might not be new to them. but to me I think it's a big deal.

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I saw this after a visit to a friend living in the country side, he asked if I would like to escort him to his grand parents house as he intends checking on them.
behold I was astonished to see this, so when I asked what it was, I was told it's called soroban and it's used for calculation I would like to say it's not only the tools of calculation but also the arts and crafts of Japanese culture.

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it is composed of an odd number of rods, each having beads with a valve of five called go-dama in Japanese kanji it is 五玉, ごだま, "five-bead" and four beads each having a value of one, called ichi-dama in Japanese kanji it is 一玉, いちだま, "one-bead". Each set of beads of each rod is divided by a bar known as a reckoning bar like the in this picture.

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it is made of wood and have wood, metal, rattan, or bamboo rods for the beads to slide on.

there are other variant of soroban, I have not been opportune to see them yet.



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Even the traditional stuff in Japan is like some advanced technology LOL! So I wonder if only kids used this or some adults for business or something.


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