January 16, 2022

Rare Japanese Scrolls Gifted to University of Hawaii’s Hamilton Library

From the University of Hawaii:

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hamilton Library received two rare Japanese scrolls from Deborah Rudolf, wife of the late John Harvard Hawley. The scrolls, entitled 鯨魚覧笑録 (Geigyoran shoroku), were created in 1819 and depict the entire process of whalehunting during Japan’s Edo period (1600–1868). The scrolls are hand-painted and over 400 inches long. Scrolls with the same title, but less colorful, are housed in the Tokyo National Museum.

The scrolls will become part of the popular Sakamaki/Hawley Collection located in Hamilton Library’s Asia Collection.

University of Hawaiʻi


The majority of the items are in Japanese, but there are also materials in various European languages, Chinese and Ryukyuan language (Uchināguchi). The collections are in different formats such as western binding, Japanese traditional binding books, maps, scrolls, wood-block prints and hand-written manuscripts.

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