It is said that the ancient Greeks used something similar to an abacus.
My mother brought an abacus to my daughters the other day.
It is the abacus that I had used more than twenty years ago.
There were a lot of abacus schools when I was a child.
My friends and I have been to this school in my neighborhood.
But fewer people study with abacus since computers are now widely used.

Even now I think that the logic of abacus is more useful for mental calculation than a computer.
I hope that my daughters will be able to use abacus.

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I live in Kawagoe-city Saitama-prefecture Japan. There are many traditional warehouses in Kawagoe. So many Japanese and the people from overseas come to sightseeing. http://www.koedo.or.jp/foreign/english/index.html

7 thoughts on “Abacus”

  1. Abacus! My wife and I bought one for our daughter a few months ago (she’s 4 now). They are pretty interesting, and I taught myself to us it too. I can only do very basic addition (2+14) and subtraction (12 -3). I am slow, but it’s a start. I like the idea of doing complex math with only simple technology, instead of calculators and such.

    There aren’t many books in English about the Abacus, and I can only read basic Japanese. But, when I can read Japanese better, I hope to study the abacus more.

    1. I am happy to hear that.You can do it!
      I couldn’t find abacus books even in Japanese in my neighborhood bookstore.
      So I bought the books from amazon. co.jp.

      1. Yes, I was looking on Amazon JP too, but we bought this one at Kinokuniya (we have one in Seattle).

  2. I’ve never used an abacus. I’d love to try to learn sometime. Maybe I’ll look around and see if I can find one.

  3. ソロバンとは凄いですね。

    1. 英語と数学の関係を考えたことはないですねえ。(笑) 音楽を始めると他の分野にも応用できそうですよね。

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