URGENT APPEAL (updated edition)

We need your SUPPORT for our preservation activity of historical materials damaged by the East Japan Earthquake and the 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 consists of several study historical societies and the private members concerned with preserving historical materials or researching history, soon after the great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake on 1995. We had engaged for a long time in rescuing and preserving the precious materials in the devastated areas such as Kobe or other Hanshin communities. Simultaneously, we had been tackling various activities for making use of historical materials for the community’s development and finding out the diverse regional history through the cooperation with local citizens. Nowadays, as a preparation for natural disasters, the same kinds of preservation societies were established in each area of Japan. Therefore, in addition to our previous activities in the Hanshin area, we have been developing a system to support and cooperate with each area’s activities to preserve historical materials damaged by natural disasters such as floods or typhoons.

With regard to the East Japan Earthquake, the devastated area is very far from our place, and the affected area is extremely extensive. Furthermore, the aftershocks still continue even now. In such a situation, we immediately started to negotiate what timing would be better to get started on our work and how we should support the disaster-stricken area. At present, we are trying to gather information by contacting with each area. Surprisingly they have overcome the tragic situation, and have already started their activities earnestly. The Miyagi Network moved their secretariat office due to the collapse of their previous office, and restarted their activities. The Fukushima Network and Yamagata Network are also preparing for the preservation activities. According to their information, many places inland were seriously damaged, so that we are anxious that the historical materials will be scattered and lost because the damaged structures will soon be scrapped. When an extensive disaster occurs, those historical materials which were preserved in the private households, warehouses, and the community centres are often thrown away, or sold off, or sometimes even stolen in the resultant chaotic situation. Coincidently, we anticipate that the old archives damaged by the flood and covered with mud will be thrown away, however we know that many of them can be repaired through our previous experiences of preserving waterlogged documents. Based on these situations, we have appeal to your financial support, and we have already sent 350,000 yen to the Miyagi Network.

The historical materials which narrowly escaped destruction from the quake and the Tsunami, will in turn be the source of encouragement for sufferers and the affected communities to reconstruct their lives, however they are facing the danger of disappearing, and it means the loss of the family and the community’s memories. We have to avoid such a catastrophe, so we will try to boost each preserving society.

The information about the condition and the preservation activities is daily updated on our blog, so please read them. At the same time, we will disclose our activities and how the funds are used through the blog and the other spaces.

We expect that our activity will be need long term support and continuous development.

We sincerely hope you understand the necessity of our activities for rescuing and preserving our historical materials, and hope you can share with us a small contribution.

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 )
URL:http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/siryo_net
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

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

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