Yamagata Network’s Activity Report and Objective ~Part17

~From the blog of July 23rd of the Yamagata Relief Network for Cultural Heritage~

—About our activities as from 17th July


In Yamagata, although the heatwave seemed to pass for a few days, the midsummer’s scorching days are coming back, as I expected. By the way, as a municipal officer, I have some opportunities to meet refugees evacuated from the edge of the Pacific Ocean. According to them, the hot weather of Yamagata is harming them, especially, elderly people. In Fukushima, the number of people whom are forced to evacuate are increasing day by day because of the nuclear plant’s accident. This great disaster and the subsequent nuclear accident are testing our mental states, sympathies and staying power. The slow and steady efforts will be continued. We appreciate your participation.

Cleaning Operation in TUAD

We introduce the saying in this week; “The cleaning operation is our own yell of solidarity to the devastated area”

[About the Cleaning Operation]

Today we introduce our operation by photos. We would like you to talk about our operation to many people, however, if you want to reproduce our photos, please contact us prior to doing so.

First of all, we answer the question where are carrying out the cleaning operation. We make use of a corner in the university campus. Therefore, it is important to consider the plans for summer insects. However, we enjoy the sunset and cool night breeze (We don’t hide our weaknesses, it’s true!)

Cleaning operation in YWJC

Well, next is the more specific operation. We organise the lecturers or students of TUAD. First of all, we dry the materials. After that, we start to clean them. From hereon, many workers are required. When we clean up those materials, we remove the dirt and mould by ethanol. Following this, we open the page one by one, and remove the dirt.

This is the basic procedure. We clean them as we consider suitable for their respective quality or condition, or other aspects. At that time, we listen to the specialists’ advice. The most important thing is to effectively clean them, so we never do so in a hurry.

[Last week’s Activity Report]

  1. On 18th July, we joined the rescue operation carried out by the Miyagi Network for Preserving Historical Materials.
  2. On 19th and 21st of July, we carried out the cleaning operations in TUAD.
  3. On 22th July, the cleaning operation in YWJC was conducted.
  4. We made informal decision about the schedule of the cleaning operation in TUAD during summer vacation.

    Removing the dirt and mould

[This Week’s Objective]

  1. On 24th July, we will hold a large-scale ‘thank-you’ party.
  2. On 25th July, the cleaning operation in Yamagata Uni will be held. (It isn’t opened to the public yet!)
  3. On 26th and 28th of July, we will carry out the cleaning operation in TUAD.
  4. July 29th will be the day of the cleaning operation in YWJC.
  5. We plan to send the Yamagata Network’s News Letter for the first time after the quake.
  6. Making a leaflet about the cleaning operation during the summer vacation.

    Cleaning up every page



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

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