Yamagata Network’s Activity Report and Objective ~Part18

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

—About our activities as from 24th July

Introduction

In the Niigata and Fukushima areas which were damaged by the earthquake, the terrible flood damage affected them again. We hope no-one receive any damage. If the area have been already affected, we wish the damage will not be extended. We sincerely desire that the disaster will be overcome quickly.

In Yonezawa City near to Niigata and Fukushima, we started to prepare the rescue materials with reference to the methods of the Network for Historical Materials such as using 3 domestic electric fans, 15ml bottle of ethanol, 2000 vinyl bags, 100 boxes for containing documents, and so on. Hereafter, as necessary, we would like to offer them to the devastated area.

[Last week’s activity Report]

  1. On 24th July, we held a large-scale ‘thank-you’ party. 27 members participated.
  2. On 25th July, the cleaning operation was carried out in the Yamagata University in spite of the rainy day.(This operation hasn’t been opened to the public yet)
  3. On 26th July, Mr Goto who is the teacher of Miyagi Prefectural Agricultural High School and the members of the alumni association of the school visited to the TUAD and YWJC. We explained our cleaning operation,  at the same time we discussed how we preserve their library books henceforth.
  4. On 26th July, we carried out the cleaning operation in TUAD though, on 27th July we suspended it for extenuating circumstances.
  5. On 29th July, we held the cleaning operation in YWJC.
  6. We updated the blog to tidy up the information.
  7. The town paper and town website introduced our activities.

[This week’s Objective]

  1. On 1st August, the cleaning operation in Yamagata University will be held.(It isn’t open to the public yet)
  2. On 2nd and 4th of August, we will carry out the cleaning operation in TUAD.
  3. On 5th August, we will execute the cleaning operation in YWJC.
  4. I promise I will send the Yamagata Network’s News Letter on this week.
  5. I’d like to try to update the blog
  6. Making a leaflet about the cleaning operation in summer season.

[The Schedule of the cleaning operation in August for YWJC]

We fixed the schedule of the cleaning operation in August for YWJC. They will be held on 5th, 19th, 26th of August, and the time will be from 5:00pm to 7:30pm as usual. We will suspend it on 12th August. Additionally, we plan to hold the intensive operations as follows. In addition to the cleaning operation, we will clean up the storage space and tidy up the rescue utensils and publish the News Letter. According to the school leavers, they will be back in Yonezawa City and will help our operation. As for the schedule of September, it is still uncertain. We appreciate your cooperation.

~The Schedule of Intensive Cleaning Operation in Summer~

Yamagata Relief Network for Cultural Heritage is now keeping a large amount of historical material and books damaged by the East Japan Earthquake. For this reason we are carrying out their cleaning operation and preserving them. These materials are very precious because we believe they will be essential in encouraging the devastated area’s people to restart their lives. To preserve them, from 16th to 20th right after the Obon Holiday finishes, we will hold the intensive cleaning operation.

Schedule: 16th 1:00pm to 5:00pm  17th 9:00am to 4:00pm  18th 9:00am to 4:00pm  19th 9:00am to 7:30pm  20th 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Place: Yamagata Women’s Junior Colloge

Capacity: over secondary school student age, anyone who has an interest in our operation. 10 members each day. Prospective participants can apply each morning and afternoon.

NB:

  1. The materials and books are covered with dirt because they were damaged by the Tsunami. Although we pay attention to them, the responsibility will ultimately be taken by yourself.
  2. We recommend you to apply for the Volunteers Insurance by the Social Welfare Council in advance.
  3. Participants will need masks and clothes which will likely become dirty.
  4. Our operation will be held outdoors. Please prepare yourself against the heat.
  5. The other details will be informed to you upon application.
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About Nerwork for Historical Materials
A volunteer group for preserving Cultural Heritage suffered from natural disasters

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