Difference between Chinese and Japanese Abacus

Difference between Chinese and Japanese Abacus


Chinese Abacus Japanese Abacus
Chinese are considered to be the inventors of Abacus during 500 BC and the most primitive written document on Abacus is in Chinese that dates back in the 2ndcentury BC The Japanese adapted Abacus later realizing its use as a counting device around 1600 AD
The Chinese Abacus is known as the Suan pan The Japanese Abacus is named as Soroban
Suan pan is rarely used in the modern times except in some regions of China Soroban is the Abacus that is still used today as a counting device as well as a Brain Development tool for small kids
The Suan pan is a horizontally structured Abacus that has 2 decks. The upper deck constitutes 2 beads and lower deck constitutes 5 beads in each rod The Soroban is also a horizontally structured Abacus of modern times having 2 decks. Upper deck consists of 1 bead and lower consists of 4 beads in each single rod
It is more complex to be used for performing calculations The Japanese reduced the beads to make calculations smoother and simplified


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