Ibaraki Network News Letter Vols. 14 & 15

[The breaking news of the rescue operation of archaeological artefacts in ‘Shinjikyuko-kan’]

This rescue operation was held by the Joso Research centre for Ancient Culture which managed Sinjikyuko-kan, the municipal office of Chikusei City where the Shinjikyuko-kan was located, and the municipal office of Sakuragawa City where the collections of Shinjikyuko-kan were transferred to. We, the Ibaraki Network for Historical Materials entirely supported them. By the arrangement of the  cultural affairs section in the prefectural office, the governmental rescue committee also helped us. The operation was carried out over 2 days from 10th to 11th October, and a total of over 80 members participated and we smoothly accomplished the operations.

Shinjikyuko-kan is a private archaeological museum which was established by a local archaeologist, the late Kiyoshi Fujita. He started this museum on his property, and collected over 10,000 various archaeological artefacts which were excavated from the nationally designated site ‘Shinji-haiji’, or sites from the Paleolithic era, the Tumulus Period to the medieval period inside and outside of Ibaraki Prefecture.

On the day, based on the photos and sketchbook which had recorded the preliminary research, we mainly carried out the operations  confirming materials and artefacts, then packing and transferring them. On the 10th, we packed chiefly the exhibited artefacts. We wrapped old roof-tiles and Haniwa (ancient clay figures) in tissue papers one by one, and they were stored in boxes whose bases were covered with supportive materials, and then transferred to the temporary holding space. On the 11th, we did that for the remaining collections. The boxes which we transferred over these 2 days reached approximately 300. Those artefacts will be stored in Makabe Densho-kan in Sakuragawa City. We hope people will make good use of them as important materials which explain the history of Ibaraki Prefecture.  

And finally, we express our deepest gratitude to the people concerned and everyone who supported us. We appreciate your support of our rescue operations of cultural properties and historical materials.

[Our official Homepage has opened!]

On 14th October, we opened the official webpage of the Ibaraki Network for Historical Materials. Although the activity reports are now under construction, we will improve them, and hope everyone will understand our activities in more detail. It still has many shortcomings, but please be sure to visit our page!

The homepage of the Ibaraki Network for Historical Materials:


[We appreciate your donations to the Ibaraki Network]

The continuous activity for rescuing and preserving historical materials and cultural properties requires not only manpower but also  financial support. We sincerely appreciate your kind donations. The donations will be spent purchasing the supplies for tidying and preserving historical materials and utensils for the operation of conserving the old structures and taking Fusuma(*1) and Byobu(*2) to pieces, or managing the Ibaraki Network.


(NB: Someone who wishes to donate to the Ibaraki Network, please leave your comment)


*1 Fusuma(襖): sliding door made from paper and wood, used to partition off rooms in a Japanese house. Sometimes they have beautiful traditional pictures, or old historical documents on the underside to strengthen against being torn part.

*2 Byobu(屏風):a holding screen with a coloured paintings or a black-and-white drawing using Japanese patterns.


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

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