The paper mulberry, c 1690.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Engraving by G van der Gucht, showing a branch of the real paper mulberry, or kozo, (right), contrasted with a spurious example (left). Fibre from the mulberry is used for making fabrics and for paper. From 'The History of Japan' (1727) by Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716). Kaempfer was a German physician working at the Dutch trading post in Japan from 1690-1692. On his return to Europe he wrote 'The History of Japan' which records many aspects of the country in the Genroku period (1688-1704).