Ibaraki Network News Letter vol.36

 ~The tidying operation in Tsukuba University~

On 20th and 24th of March, the tidying operation for the O family’s archives was held at the Kasuga campus of Tsukuba University. Although the advertisement for the voluntary workers was only posted at the last minute, we could gather 15 participants on 20th and a further 10 on 24th. Furthermore, the members were not only from Tokyo, but also from as far as Aichi, Kyoto and Kobe. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Network for Historical Materials and each area’s Network which sent the information about the operation.

Our workplace was in Kasuga Buildings, where the renovation of the building to be earthquake resistant had continued. Notwithstanding the inconvenience of the noise and construction workers’ comings and goings, we could smoothly finish the array of tasks including recording 400 pieces of data on 20th and 300 data on 24th, and taking photos and storing materials into special preservation boxes. Among the diverse type of materials, we found school memorials and text books, post cards from the pre-war period, and accounting books of fish brokerage from the Taisho period. It was the part of family’s 100-year human dynasty.

After our operation, for those who were interested, we introduced photos of the extent of the Earthquake damage in Ibaraki and Fukushima and our rescue operations for historical materials by power-point. At that time, we heard that there were people who questioned whether Ibaraki prefecture was affected by the Earthquake and Tsunami, not only in Western Japan, but also in areas near Tokyo. It made us again recognise the agenda of our activities.

We are grateful to you who came and joined our activities when you were busy. We appreciate your continuous support of our cause. (written by Tetsuya Shirai)

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

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