Ibaraki Network News Letter Vol.24

[Information for the photo and special exhibitions in Ibaraki University]

Currently, in the Library of Ibaraki University, we hold the special exhibition “The wonderland within Fusuma –from the historical materials rescued from the devastated area”. In the rescue operation, we found the old document under the Fusuma(*1) as the undercoated document, by the rescue operation for a certain private house in Kitaibaraki City. This document was concerned with collecting taxes in Tenpo (*3) 12th(1841), after a disastrous famine occurred. Surprisingly, the document which was found through the East Japan Earthquake, was connected with the natural disaster of the Tenpo great Famine. Likewise, we introduce the old documents which had been used as wrapping or coating paper for the inside of boxes. Those were about to be disposed of, if we had not rescued them. Simultaneously, we are holding the photo exhibition titled ‘The rescue activities for damaged historical materials and cultural properties in Ibaraki Prefecture’. The exhibition will end on 19th November, so Don’t miss it!  

[We appreciate your donations to the Ibaraki Network]

The continued 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 and Byobu(*3) 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 Sometimes they have beautiful traditional pictures, or old historical documents on the underside to strengthen against being torn part.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 Tenpo(天保):  A division of Japanese history which spanned from 1830 to 1843.

*3 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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