These images come from ten albums of flora containing more than 700 images from the Museum at the University of Tokyo: honzo database (english home page). [via armchair aquarium annex].
I *still* don't have an asian language pack on this computer so I can't say anything more about these, although the year 1708 is mentioned - I've cleaned up the background in a few of the images but didn't adjust anything else. Click on the images above for greatly enlarged versions.
Later: Jenny kindly informs us: "It is herbalism or pharmaceutical sciences. In 1708 Ekiken Kaibara wrote the book of "Yamato Honzo"(Japanese herbalism).before that Japanese learn from China. Honzo-Zufu , picture book of herbs by Kanen Iwasaki".
Monday, July 30, 2007
Posted by peacay at 2:41 p.m.