Ibaraki Network News Letter vol.4

~The News Letter on 3rd August of Ibaraki Network~

Hello, everyone. Associate Prof, Tetsuya Shiroi reported about the preservation and tidying up operation of Ryuzoin Temple, Kashima City on 24th July.


The following is about the operation for making lists of the historical materials damaged by the Tsunami in Ryuzoin Temple, Kashima City. This is my first activity as I advertised to the members of Ibaraki Network.

The working time was from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on 24th July.12 members participated. They were people concerned with Ibaraki University and the University of Tsukuba, and others were registered members of the Ibaraki Network. 2 of them were from outside of Ibaraki Prefecture. Likewise, 3 local people and Mr Itokawa of the Kashima City Board of Education attended our operation. Moreover, Associate Prof Toshiya Matsui and a postgraduate student additionally carried out the preservation measures for the paintings of Buddhist images damaged by the East Japan Earthquake.

After the confirmation of each material, those were given the individual numbers writen on neutral paper, and we recorded them on the investigation cards as data. The total amounted to 260 pieces, and we put them into 2 preservation boxes, and asked them to be conserved in the field. Hereafter, we will make a list using that data, and will turn over them along with the Kakocho (meaning a family register of death)  which has been carried out by the Uninversity of Ibaraki’s repairing operation to the local people.

On the day, the Murakata Monjo (meaning the old administrative documents in each village) which had been discovered from the old house damaged by the Tsunami were indicated by the local people and Mr Itokawa. Those tens of documents dated to the last days of the Tokugawa Shogunate to the Taisho Period(*), and involved 2 Kenchicho (meaning the book recorded the land survey) whose period was 1631. Because they were still wet, we determined that they would be dried up in the shade as same as the other materials were done before, and we will visit there again in near future, make a list, and will carry out the preservation measures.

When we had conducted the rescue operation a Ryuzoin Temple, we often talked to the local people and the board of education “If there were other historical materials damaged by the disaster, please contact us”. With regard to this discovery of the Murakata Monjo, our efforts bore much fruit, we believe.

*Taisho Period: A division of Japanese history which spanned from 1912 to 1926.

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A volunteer group for preserving Cultural Heritage suffered from natural disasters

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