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The Soroban: A Japanese Abacus Story


The soroban is a traditional Japanese abacus that has been used for centuries. It is believed to have been developed in the 16th century and has since become an integral part of Japanese culture. Yes, diversity can be found in even the humble abacus.


The first abacus was invented by the Chinese and then spread throughout Asia, where it was adapted to different cultures. The Japanese version of the abacus was called the soroban and it was first used in Japan during the Edo period (1603–1867).


The soroban is composed of rods and beads that can be manipulated to quickly and accurately calculate and solve mathematical problems. It is still widely used in Japan today, not only to teach mathematics but also to help with mental arithmetic. The soroban is a great tool for those looking to improve their mental math skills, as it helps to develop a strong sense of number sense and accuracy.


Structures of Soroban