Invitation to the Cleaning Operation in Yamagata

~From the blog on 30th June of the Yamagata Relief Network for Cultural Heritage~

(NB: Please Read this article as a sort of an introduction to their activity.)

To whom it may concern

Thank you for your continued support, and for reading this message although you are busy in your work and privately.

By the way, in the Tohoku University of Arts and Design and Yonezawa Women’s Junior College, as from the beginning of May, we Yamagata Relief Network for Cultural Heritage have been continuously carrying out the cleaning operation for the historical materials whose drying operation had finished. As of the present, many of you participated in our activity, and we have already finished cleaning up nearly 1,000 books so far.

However, as the other materials which were newly rescued have been transferred at the beginning of this week, a huge amount of damaged materials still remain in Yamagata, and of course, in the devastated area. There is no telling when our operation will be finished. Our workshop is becoming a kind of ‘disaster field’ which has appeared in Yamagata. If we can clean just one book as quickly as possible, we can rescue more materials. The race against time is continuing in Yamagata, too.

In our activity, there is no difficulty and no need to have any special technique. Once you have some experience, it will be ok. Please come and join us with your friends when you have spare time. We sincerely appreciate your participation.

1.Cleaning operation in TUAD

  • Place: the northern area of Research Centre for Conservation in TUAD
  • Date: Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

2.Cleaning operation in YWJC

  • Place: near the entrance gate of YWJC
  • Date: Every Friday, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

In addition, we are now planning to make a leaflet advertising for voluntary workers to the cleaning operation. If someone will give us the idea or support, please contact us.

This weekend, some of our members will participate in the rescue operation of historical materials in Kesennuma or Kamaishi, and some will engage with the reconstruction work as volunteers. The scorching season has been getting closer, so be sure to take good care of yourself.


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

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