The Second/Third Preservation Activities after the Nagano Hokubu Earthquake ~Part2

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

1.The Base Data for the Second Preservation Activity

  • Duration: 4days from 17th to 20th of June
  • Participants: Satoshi Shirouzu, Yoshihiro Yoroi, Katsuki Ohashi, Ritsuko Ishino, Makoto Yanagisawa, Eiji Matsuura, Fumitoshi Hoshina, Satoshi Maeshima, Takashi Itagaki, Daishi Yoshihara, Kouji Kondo, Kazumasa Dairaku, Tsutomu Suzuki, Motoki Tanabe, Kazuhiko Harada, Yujiro Hosoi, Takashi Miyazawa, Kazutaka Morishima, and Tsuneaki Aragaki. Hiroaki Yamagami cooperated in the field.
  • Schedule: 17th-held the meeting together with the members of our group and people concerned in each area at the Sakaemura Board of Education. 18th-inspection of the repository for folk-cultural utensils and getting some advice about tidying them up. Carrying out the preservation operation for the families of Io, Sya, Sb, Hy, Syo, Tma, Tmi. 19th-preservation operation for each whitewashed warehouse owned by families of Io, Kr, Hk, Kr, Hs, Hh. 20th-preservation operation at the houses of Hh, St, Sh, Km, Sh families. Additionally, requested to contact with the Sf family.

    The slanted warehouse

2.The Contents and Results of the Second Preservation Operation

As for the specific contents of our activities, we confirmed whether old archives or books, folk-cultural tools existed or not, and if they existed, we basically made a list of them. We made use of our particular recording cards which we usually used in the investigative operations, and each inspection card is integrated and classified into each owner.

Simultaneously we had to adopt the materials if the owner had an intension to scrap them, and in turn they had to be transferred to the temporary space.

In terms of the basic idea for the extraction, speaking about the case of he Hh family’s possessions as an example, all the  folk-cultural utensils which had been preserved in the whitewashed warehouse were targeted, except for the bedding because they easily went bad and become verminous. However the case of the Hh family’s utensils held a unique position because their utensils were already representative of each era of production and they would become the criterion for the other utensils in Sakaemura. Therefore, from other family’s belongings only unique ones were removed and compared with the Hh family’s materials, or the ones which never seen in the Hh family’s. As for the documentary records, except for the publications which were published in the modern and contemporary times and were available to be referred to in other institutions, and the leading notebooks after the 1960s, whole documents were removed. Depending on the case, they were not always to be taken out based on the abovementioned method.

The Meeting with members

The utensils which had been preserved in the Hh family’s whitewashed warehouse, we had already finished tagging the numbers and had drawn a plan at the investigation in 2004, we started to newly attach more detailed numbers to every utensil so as to prepare them for transportation. Because this operation couldn’t be finished until the last day of the activities, we have to continue to do it.

Among the second preservation activities, the largest amount of materials in the severest condition was the Io family’s whitewashed warehouse. This warehouse, seriously damaged by the quake was entirely slanted and a part of the rafters were unfastened and had fallen down to the ground floor, and it prevented us from entering the entrance because it sealed half of the gate. Furthermore, the first floor was partially buckled, and likely to suffer further collapse. This warehouse preserved many kinds of folk-cultural utensils and historical documents, therefore we had to carry them out in order to immediately scrap this structure. Eventually, those materials were transferred to the garage as a temporary space by a lightweight truck going back and forth a total of 10 times, and 30 boxes of historical documents were conveyed there.

Likewise, we took out the folk-cultural utensils from both the Kr and Th families, and moved the traditional tools from the whitewashed warehouse gravely damaged by the quake to another warehouse possessed by the same owner.

Confirming the utensils in repository

As for the materials and old archives which were preserved in the warehouse which didn’t have any schedule to be scrapped and were  conservable, we just confirmed their present condition and recorded the information for the forthcoming operation.

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

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