Nearly 150 volumes - promised by Japanese Premier Kishi to the British Museum during his visit to UK last year - were handed over to Mr.
Nearly 150 volumes - promised by Japanese Premier Kishi to the British Museum during his visit to UK last year - were handed over to Mr. Francis, Director of the Museum by the Japanese Ambassador Ohno, Jan 18.
The volumes include antiquarian books and items printed within the last two years. The earliest are two manuscripts of the type known as Naruchon, illustrated with brightly coloured painting, dating from around 1600.
Representing the 50-year period from 1590 onwards, when Japan first used movable type, is a set of essays by the monk Kenko which is printed at a private press in about 1620.
The Japanese Premier's gift includes three complete sets of periodicals. One, the archaeological Journal, runs from the first issue in 1896 to 1955.
There are also five large folio volumes, a three-volume work on Japanese national monuments and a series of 20 volumes illustrating the construction of a Japanese teahouse.
Mr. Kishi is making a similar gift to the British Science Museum Library in London.