Jul 30, 2022
Behind the scenes of the "Gatherer's Wild Account" comic: two or three things in the post-Taiwan plant naming era, giving you full of Taisho
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As early as 1898, there was a record of Japanese viewing Taiwanese specimens in the specimen warehouse of the Bureau of Colonial Production, but at that time there were no scholars in Taiwan who could identify the new species, and it might be a new species that had to be sent back to Tokyo Imperial University for identification. At the end of 1905, the specimen warehouse of the Bureau of Reproduction and Production was accidentally burned down, and the early specimens in Taiwan suffered great losses. After 1908, the main collection and research work of specimens was transferred to the newly established Museum of Colonial Production Bureau. In the 1920s, the specimens were transferred from the museum to the Ministry of Forestry for storage. Japanese songstress Takako Ozaki once described that when she first came to Taiwan, she helped sort out the specimens in the "sapling room" in the shade of the trees in the botanical garden. In 1924, the Laye Museum was completed. This red brick building became the first herbarium in Taiwan dedicated to the collection and research of plant specimens. It is inferred that the first floor was the herbarium cabinet, the research space and the office of Director Sasaki Shunichi; the second floor was used to store specimens that had not yet been identified or processed, and was also a space for processing new specimens and research. 5bd406b4-e070-45e6-9a52-7f72dd16ebdc Photo Credit: Forestry Laboratory The newly built Laye Pavilion in the comics has been restored and opened in modern times. Photo Credit: Forestry number list Laboratory The interior of the Laye Pavilion during the Japanese occupation period. No.002 Sasaki Shunichi "Outline of Taiwan's Folk Medicinal Flora" The prologue of the story, Sasaki Shinichi, who came to visit with a new book and new plants, turned out to be a real person? Among the staff of the botanical garden, although there is no name "Sasaki Shinichi", his historical prototype Sasaki Shunichi is an important figure in the history of Taiwan's botanical research. Sasaki was born in Oita Prefecture, Japan in 1888. He came to Taiwan in 1906 and first worked as a communications clerk at the Keelung Post Office. Three years later, he followed Takiya Kawakami to collect plants. Since then, he has traveled all over the island, and many new plants were discovered and named by him. In the First World War, when medicines were scarce and medicinal plants received attention, he was instructed to carry out investigations of medicinal plants in Taiwan. In 1919, Sasaki wrote the "Taiwan Medicinal Plant Survey Report" based on the survey results. Due to the limited number of publications, it was renamed "Outline of Taiwan's Folk Medicinal Flora" and reissued in 1924, which opened the systematic study of Taiwan's medicinal plants. The "Outline of Taiwan's Folk Medicinal Flora" survey covers almost the whole island, records 579 kinds of Taiwan traditional medicinal plants, records the plant and name, scientific name and family, describes the character, and then records the dialect and Chinese name of the plant, its function and usage.