Yamagata Network Activity Report & Objective ~Part53

~From the blog of 8th April of the Yamagata Relief Network for Cultural heritage~

As some of you already known the full-scale operation by the Yamagata Network will start next week. During the spring vacation, members mainly in Kamiyama City continued the operations. We know they are pretty busy because it is the turn of the new fiscal year. This week’s activity will be held only tomorrow but we appreciate those of you who will participate in our activities.

[Last Week’s Activity Report]
1. On 2nd April, we carried out the cleaning operation in Kamiyama City Northern Public Hall.
2. We donated some of the books and materials, which were provided to us, to Yamagata Prefectural Library. The Pamphlets of the Niigata Symposium were sent to universities in Yamagata Prefecture.

[This Week’s Objective]
1. On 9th April, we will have the cleaning operation in Kamiyama City Northern Public Hall.
2. We will continuously discuss the countermeasures against mould and carry out a survey.
NB: We will have a One Day Cleaning Operation on 4th May in Yonezawa Women’s Junior College. If you wish to join please contact us.

Some members of the Yamagata Network participated in the 2 symposia which were held on 24th March.
1. From 11am, the symposium reporting activities of the Cultural Heritage rescue operations held last year. Meeting place: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Kasumigaseki, Tokyo
2. From 1pm, the symposium for discussing the historical issues of the Eastern Japan Earthquake by the Association of Historical Sciences. Meeting Place: Gakushuin University

The first discussion of the No.1 symposium was the report by the cultural property officers in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. According to them, the initial response in initiating the rescue activities owed a great deal to the members of each area’s Network for Historical Materials. As for the second, it was concerned with the continuous preservation activities which had been led by Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties. And the last discussion concluded that other organisations and institutions also paid great efforts for cultural properties.
To sum up, 1. We have to keep carrying on, 2. We have to discuss about the establishment of temporary repositories in the devastated area, 3. In each devastated prefecture, the conference for rescuing historical materials, which are organised by the Network for Historical Materials, Education Board, museums and universities, have already been established.
It was a really good hall where the symposiums were held. I should inform you that Prof Hirakawa, the representative of the Miyagi Network for Preserving Historical Materials, and people from devastated area gave the Yamagata Network much welcome praise!!
In the No.2 symposium held in Gakushuin Unicersity, we could listen to the report by Professor Emeritus Katsuhiko Ishibashi, a seismologist who creates the word of ‘Genpatsu-Saigai (disaster caused by nuclear plants)’. Prof Ishibashi is now engaged in archival history, and he pointed out the high risks from his analysis that more extensive great earthquakes would occur and the accidents of nuclear plants would compound the extent of the damage. We again realised the importance of learning history.
We enjoyed Ume blossoms coming out in the campus.


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

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