We urgently need your HELP to preserve Japanese Historical Materials which are at risk from the recent Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

—–Network for Historical Materials

On 11th March, the devastating Earthquake and Tsunami caused tremendous damage to the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and many other areas. We extend to the victims and their families our heartfelt condolences, and express our deepest sympathies with those sufferers who are currently struggling in harsh surroundings.

We, the Network for Historical Materials, are a society which preserve historical materials (especially, non-designated cultural properties) which face the threat of being lost to natural disasters such as floods, typhoons or earthquakes. We are now trying to make contact with each suffering area so as to gather information about the extent of their respective damage and we expect that long term activities will be needed as the scale of the disaster-stricken area is both extensive and grave. At the same time, we anticipate that a large amount of financial support is needed to preserve each community’s heritage.

The greatest responsibility for this activity will be borne by the ‘Miyagi Network for Preserving Historical Materials’ *, the ‘Fukushima Network for Preserving for Historical Materials’*, the ‘Yamagata Network for Preserving Cultural Heritage’*, the ‘Niigata Relief Network for Historical Materials’*, and the ‘Chiba Relief Network for Cultural Heritage’*.

Up to now, when large-scale disasters have occurred, those historical artefacts which had been preserved in households, sheds, or community centres were often in danger of being damaged, scrapped, or sometimes looted. Therefore, it is necessary to start our activities immediately and to build systems to support their ongoing work. We also believe that those small items of historical importance will offer some solace to the sufferers as they rise up to the challenge of reconstructing their lives.

We sincerely hope you understand our activities for protecting the cultural heritage possessed by each affected community and hope you can share with us a small contribution.

*Names may change, because they have not had English name yet.

Contact Address:
Rekishi Shiryo Network
Address: c/o Faculty of Letters, Kobe University 1-1 Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe 657-8501 Japan
Tel/Fax: 81-78-803-5565 pm1:00-pm5:00 (Tel: Japanese only )
e-mail: s-net@lit.kobe-u.ac.jp
(n.b. Please change ‘@’ to ‘@’.)

Recipient Information:

Beneficiary Bank: Japan Post Bank
Branch Office: 099
Beneficiary Bank Address: 3-2, Kasumigaseki 1-chome, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 100-8798, Japan
Payee Account Number: 00930-1-53945
Payee Name: rekishishiryonetwork
Payee Address: 1-1 Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe 657-8501 Japan
**Please follow the below link for extra information.
Deposit to Japan Post Bank Account: http://www.jp-bank.japanpost.jp/en/djp/en_djp_index.html

The collected contributions will be forwarded to the above Miyagi Network and the other Networks in the devastated areas for use in their activities. Although how these contributions will be used depends on each Network, they will put it towards buying equipment which preserves and repairs the historical materials, taking out insurance, and so on.

About Nerwork for Historical Materials
A volunteer group for preserving Cultural Heritage suffered from natural disasters

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