Yamagata Network Activity Report & Objective ~Part 52

~From the blog of 1st April of the Yamagata Relief Network for Cultural Heritage~


Today is 1st April, but the Yamagata Network is going through its usual motions. In this season, we can find a lot of member changes resulting from people finding employment, graduating, transferring jobs and employee movement. However the Yamagata Network seems to be some distance from those worldly matters; we did not receive any mails stating ‘I have moved to another section’, ‘Thank you for all your trouble’, and ‘Good-bye’. Thank you everyone, we appreciate your continuous cooperation hereafter.

On the other hand, some of them have gone to the new posts in very distant areas from here. We miss them but we would like to see them off, and we wish them success. Gentlemen and ladies in each area’s Network, when the members of the Yamagata Network arrive at your place, please welcome them.

By the way, as usual, we inform you of our report and objectives. In this week we will try to upload our report with photos, then please come and see our blog when you are free.

 [Last Week’s Activity Report]

  1.  On 26th March, we had the cleaning operation in Kamiyama City Northern Public Hall.
  2. On 26th March, the cleaning operation in the YU was held.
  3. We discussed the countermeasures against mould on historical materials and carried out the survey.

 [This Week’s Objective]

  1.  On 2nd April, we will carry out the cleaning operation in Kamiyama City Northern Public Hall.
  2. We will continuously discuss the countermeasures against mould and carry out the survey.

NB: When you first join our cleaning operation, please contact the secretariat office beforehand. If you wish to join the cleaning operation, please take out the voluntary insurance.


Many historical materials and books were damaged by the Eastern Japan Earthquake. We had rescued them and now we are carrying out their cleaning, preservation and keeping them. Those materials are essential cultural heritage for the devastated area in order to actively reconstruct their future. We appeal you to join our activity for preserving these materials. The following is our schedule for April. We appreciate your participation.

  •  Kamiyama City Cleaning Operation (in Kamiyama City)

Date: Monday from 6pm to 7.30pm (9th, 16th and 23rd of April)

Place: at the Common laboratory, placed Floor 2 in the building 1 for Basic Education, Yamagata University

  •  Tohoku University of Arts and Design Cleaning Operation (in Yamagata City)

Date: Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 7.30pm (19th, 24th and 26th of April)

Place: at the laboratory for artefacts in the Research Centre for Conservation and Restoration, Tohoku University of Arts and Design

  • Yamagata Cleaning Operation (in Yamagata City)

Date: Monday from 6pm to 7.30pm (16th and 23rd of April)

Place: at the building for Humanities, Yamagata University

  •  Yonezawa Cleaning Operation (in Yonezawa City)

Date: Friday from 6pm to 7.30pm (20th and 27th of April)

Place: at Yonezawa Women’s Junior College

Notice: on 4th May, we will have concentrated cleaning operation!!

  •  Shonai Cleaning Operation (in Sakata City) for the time being, is not open to the public

Date: Tuesday from 6pm to 7.30pm

Place: at Tohoku University of Community Service and Science
 Capacity: over secondary school student age, anyone who has an interest in our operations.


  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 cold.
  5. The other details will be informed upon application.



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

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