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The Tale of the Japanese folding screens

The tale of the Japanese folding screens: A journey from Japan to Yale

As students and faculty return to campus for the fall term, a set of historical materials from Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library will also be making their homecoming: Harimaze Byōbu, a set of hand-written documents originally housed on two folding screens that span the history of Japan between the 12th and 18th centuries.

On Friday, Oct. 5, Yale will hold a ceremony to commemorate the return of the Harimaze Byōbu documents. Titled “The tale of the Japanese folding screens: A journey from Japan to Yale (and back),” the event will take place at 3 p.m. at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St, to be followed by a reception. The event is sponsored by the Yale University Library and is free and open to the public.

The full story and slideshow are posted on YaleNews: http://news.yale.edu/2012/09/27/homecoming-harimaze-bu-documents-exemplifies-yale-s-historical-ties-japan

A slideshow illustrating the conservation process is also available is at: http://news.yale.edu/photos/homecoming-harimaze-bu-documents-exemplifies-yale-s-historical-ties-japan