The Second/Third Preservation Activities after the Nagano Hokubu Earthquake ~Part1

~The report about the suffered area in Sakaemura Village published on July 15th~

Satoshi Shirouzu, the representative of the voluntary group for preserving community’s historical materials


13 hours after the East Japan Earthquake whose seismic centre was traced to off the Tohoku area, the great earthquake whose epicentre was located in the northern area of Nagano Prefecture occurred, and Sakaemura Village was gravely damaged.

Afterwards, from the end of April to the beginning of May when people seemed to regain their presence of mind in the devastated area, we visited the field so as to carry out the preservation activities for damaged materials with our fellows who had supported us to investigate the historical documents for a long time. The details of the first time survey was seen in the previous report, but roughly speaking, we mainly carried out the tidying operations for the old utensils scattered in the H family’s whitewashed warehouse in the Mori district.

As June has come, the removal operations which were officially redressed based on the Victim’s Certificate were regularised. Due to the grave damage, the old structures which could not be used evermore or had been designated to be demolished amounted to many, and regrettably included those buildings which we had anticipated to contain many cultural properties such as folk-cultural utensils and old archives. It in turn led us to carry out the second preservation operation for them.

After the first time activity, because we received the financial support from Kobe and the Niigata Network for Historical Materials, we named ourselves as the ‘voluntary group for preserving community’s historical materials’, Moreover, we could carry out the preservation activities with peoples’ approval more readily than before.

Following are the reports of our activities which were carried out from 17th to 20th of June, and from 8th to 10th of July.

In addition, our group is not an organisation which has stationary members. Our name should be understood as a kind of team title which would cover all the participants assembling whenever the activities are held. Besides, as for the owners’ names, we give just the initial letters (for surnames: capital letters, for given names: small letters).

(to be continued)


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

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