Yamagata Network’s Activity Report & Objective ~Part55

~From the blog of 22nd April of the Yamagata Relief Network for Cultural Heritage~

Introduction
Our cleaning operations have resumed in each place. On 4th May in Golden Week Holiday, we will have One Day Cleaning Operation in YWJC. If you have spare time, please come and join us.
In terms of the Yamagata Net Mail News vol.2, we appreciate you to individually distribute it. But please make sure that it is not allowed to be redrafted and used for another purpose. Thank you for your cooperation.
The secretariat officer Mr Kobayashi wrote the article titled ‘Suggestions as the response from the Eastern Japan Earthquake’ in the magazine of ‘Uyo Bunka (羽陽文化) vol.156’, published by the Yamagata Conservation Society for Cultural Heritage. In the article, He suggested the upcoming commitment in Yamagata Prefecture. This year is the year to advance one more step.

[Last Week’s Activity Report]
1. On 16th April, we had the cleaning operation in Kamiyama City Northern Public Hall.
2. On 16th April. We had the cleaning operation in YU.
3. On 17th April, the cleaning operation in TUCSS was held.
4. On 19th April from 2.40pm, we had the meaning by secretariat office and talked about the tactic of invitations to YWJC.
5. From 19th to 24th of April, the panel exhibition in YWJC was held.
6. On 19th April, TUAD had the cleaning operation.
7. On 20th April, the cleaning operation in YWJC was held.

[This Week’s Objective]
1.  On 23rd April is the last day of the cleaning operation in Kamiyama City Northern Public Hall.
2.  On 24th April, TUAD and TUCSS will have the cleaning operation.
3.  The Panel exhibition in YWJC has been held by 24th April.
4.  On 26th April, TUAD will have the cleaning operation.
5.  On 27th April, the cleaning operation in YWJC will be held.

[Information]
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.

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.
The next day of the Uesugi Festival of ‘the Battle of Kawanakajima’ is One Day Cleaning Operation in YWJC!!!
Date: Friday, 4th May from 9 am to 5 pm (scheduled)
Place: Yamagata Women’s Junior College
Capacity: over secondary school student age, anyone who has an interest in our operations.
Job Contents: confirmation of the materials which had received preservation measure, tidying the materials, and environmental arrangement

When we have good weather, lunch will be a picnic on the riverbank (with no alcohol).

NB:

  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.
    Our operation will be held outdoors.
  4. The other details will be informed upon application.

Application: please contact with the secretariat office before your participation, it’s essential.

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Yamagata Network Activity Report & Objective ~Part54

~From the Blog of 15th April of the Yamagata Relief Network for Cultural Heritage~

Introduction
Yesterday we discussed with the relevant people in each working place, and examined the counter-measures against mould and the future plan of our activities. We will soon inform you the results and the plans.
The networks organised by citizens, like the Yamagata Network, often find difficulties in our activities, but we should keep progressing.
In this week we will welcome new 3 members. We heard that there was no threat of decreasing members, rather seemingly participants would still increase. We are amazed at the social potential to brings forth those kind of people. And we can feel hope in the world of cultural and historical heritage, which are recently lacking encouraging stories.

[Last Week’s Activity Report]

  1. On 9th April, we carried out the cleaning operation in Kamiyama City Northern Public Hall.
  2. We discussed and surveyed the counter-measure against mould.
  3. On 14th April, we had a meeting with relevant people in each work place.

[This Week’s Objective]

  1. On 16th April, the cleaning operation in Kamiyama Northern City Public Hall will be held.
  2. On 16th April, Yamagata University will have the cleaning operation.
  3. On 17th April, the cleaning operation will be carried out in Tohoku University of Community Service and Science.
  4. On 19th April at 2.40pm, we will have the meaning by secretariat office and talk about the tactic of invitation in YWJC.
  5. From 19th to 24th of April, the panel exhibition will be held in YWJC.
  6. On 19th April, the cleaning operation in TUAD will be carried out.
  7. On 20th April, the cleaning operation in YWJC will be carried out.

Wow, what a busy week…

Tohiku University of Arts and Design

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.

[Information]
The cleaning operations in each university’s work place have resumed!
Yamagata University on 16th April, Tohoku University of Arts and Design on 19th April, and Yonezawa Women’s Junior College on 20th April. The following is the report of resumption.

In TUAD, about 15 members carried out the operation. One brawny first-year-student is now our new fellow! The 4th year students guided him gently.

Yamagata Women’s Junior College

We saw the young people’s eyes, which impressed us that they will never be wavered by the disaster. Not hard, but rather kind eyes. I think it is human nature regardless of skin colour or nationality. And I recognised the phrase that no creature keeps history except humans.

In YWJC, over 10 members including members of society gathered around the work place, and we have started the new fiscal year.

On 16th April, the cleaning operation in Yamagata University resumed. It is in the new work place.

Yamagata University

The cleaning operation in Kamiyama City Northern Public Hall finished. While the operations in TUAD and YU suspended, the team of members of the society made a lot of effort. Securing the working place, managing tools and materials, planning and cleanup after the operations, etc…it was excellent teamwork. For broadcasting their activities, many media outlets visited them. From the winter in snowstorms to spring amid the cherry blossoms, they kept their cleaning operation without any suspension. They are our cherished colleagues. Thank you very much for your all efforts, indeed!!

Kamiyama City Hall

 

Yamagata Network Activity Report & Objective ~Part53

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

Introduction
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.

[Information]
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.

Yamagata Network Activity Report & Objective ~Part 52

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

Introduction

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.

[Information]

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.

NB:

  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.

 

Yamagata Network’s Activity Report & Objective ~Part51

~From the blog of 25th March of the Yamagata Relief Network for Cultural Heritage~

Introduction

It was a very busy week. The secretariat office had a lot of opportunities to listen to the stories of people concerned and to attend a symposium this week. Thank you very much.

Our members are engaged in the full-scale operation for preventing mould and for planning the next fiscal year. We appreciate your active participation.

 [Last Week’s Activity Report]

  1. On 17th March, we joined the rescue operation for the library at the Ishinomaki Culture Centre.
  2. On 19th March, the cleaning operation in Kamiyama Northern Public Hall was held.
  3. On 22th March, we reported our activities and cases to people concerned with museums in the Kimitsu area of Chiba Prefecture, at Yuzugaura City, Chiba.
  4. On 24th March, we joined the symposium concerned with the Eastern Japan Earthquake by Association of Historical Sciences.
  5. On 24th March, we participated in the symposium for rescue activities for cultural heritage organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
  6. We had a discussion of the countermeasure for mould, concerned with the rescued historical materials.

 [This Week’s Objective]

  1. On 26th March, the cleaning operation in Kamiyama City Northern Public Hall will be carried out.
  2. On 26th March, we will have the cleaning operation in the YU.
  3. We will discuss the countermeasure for mould and will survey the present condition.

 NB: When you at first time join our cleaning operation, please contact with the secretariat office previously.

 [Information]

We are approaching the end of the fiscal year. We expect that you are busy.

At present, we coordinate the countermeasures for mould though, we will basically continue to carry out the cleaning operation after April. I would like to therefore appeal the advertisement for voluntary workers. Now we are publishing the Network News, but we would like to ask you to support the public relations as follows;

  1. Could you distribute our pamphlet?
  2. Could you place our pamphlet in your institution?
  3. Could you let us explain our activities, for example to have a meeting or something?
  4. Could you visit us and look around our operations?
  5. Could you let us have a panel exhibition in your institution?

In terms of the activities 3~5, we need to arrange times and places; we would like to ask you as much as possible.

Yamagata Network does not basically make requests to individual institutions. We just ask your cooperation at your convenience. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions and requests.

Yamagata Network Activity Report & Objective ~Part50

~From the blog of 17th March of the Yamagata Relief Network for Cultural Heritage~

 Introduction

Our Activity Report & objective has reached vol.50.

Various new issues constantly arise one after another. Please give us your cooperation. This weekend, adult members of the Yamagata Network will participate in the rescue operation in Ishinomaki city, held by the Miyagi Network for Preserving Historical Materials.

 [Last Week’s Activity Report]

  1.  On 12th March, we had the one day tidying operation in YWJC.
  2. On 12th March, the cleaning operation in the Kamiyama City Northern Public Hall was held.

 [This Week’s Objective]

  1.  On 19th March, we will carry out the cleaning operation in the Kamiyama City Northern Public Hall.

NB: People who join our activities,

The insurance for voluntary work will expire by the end of March. If you wish to continue joining our operations, you need to extend your insurance at your local social welfare council. If you have any difficulties, please contact with Kobayashi, a secretariat officer of the Yamagata Network.

 [Information]

We were concerned about any damage to health caused by mould, which covered the damaged historical materials. So far, we have not had any trouble or serious problems, for the sake of strengthening the countermeasures, we would like you, who have participated in our operation, to cooperate with the health survey.

We will inform you, mainly who have worked together, by us or organisers of each workshop; however if you have not received any contact from us although you joined our activities, please send me your details.

We very much appreciate your cooperation.

Yamagata Network’s Activity Report & Objective ~Part49

~From the blog of 12th March of the Yamagata Relief Network for Cultural Heritage~

Introduction

This morning, it began to snow heavily, as if the sky had waited to strike until the end of our meeting.
Yesterday, we held the 3.11 special meeting. Over 60 people participated in it. We appreciate your discussion, negotiation, and the reports of each activity. We still have many difficulties.
However, we decided to keep carrying out our operation as having purpose without too much effort, and not permitting external causes. We will inform you our discussion later.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to you, who attended our meeting, prepared for their reports, and gave us encouragement. Today we will have cleaning operations in YWJC from 9.00am and in Kamiyama City Northern Public Hall from 5.30pm. If you have spare time, please join us.

In the end, to gentlemen and ladies in the devastated area. We would like to express our deepest sympathies with those sufferers who are currently struggling in harsh surroundings. We continue to have our operation to the best of our poor ability. Please give us your support and supervision.

[Last Week’s Activity Report]

  1. On 5th March, we held the cleaning operation in the Kamiyama City Northern Public Hall.
  2. On 11th March, we had a 3.11 special meeting.

[This Week’s Objective]

  1. On 12th March, in YWJC, we will carry out the one day tidying operation.
  2. On 12th March, we will have the cleaning operation in the Kamiyama City Northern Public Hall.