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)

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.

 

Miyagi Network News vol.164

~The rescue operations in the devastated area have continued~

 The following are each area’s reports of rescuing historical materials and surveying materials’ whereabouts, which were held in the second half of March.

  • The rescue operation in Aikawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki City

On 23th March, we carried out the rescue operation for the school documents in Aikawa Elementary School in Kitakami-cho, Ishinomaki city. The urgent measures for those documents were done at the end of last August together with other school documents due to the request from Ishinomaki Education Board. Those of Aikawa Elementary School amounted to 31 books. After that, on 10th March, the secretariat office of the Miyagi Network received information that many documents remained in the school building which was damaged by the Earthquake. For this reason, we engaged in the operation with the permission of people concerned with the school.

The participants were Masashi Amano, a secretariat officer of the Miyagi Network, a member of our Network and a student from Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University. They took 37 boxes of documents out from the building and transferred them to out secretariat office. Since the next day, we have started to clean them up.

  • The rescue operation for the T family Archives in Ogatsu-cho, Ishinomaki City

On the same day of the rescue operation in Aikawa Elementary School, immediately after the rescue team left for the operation, we received the request for rescuing the T family Archives in Ogatsu-cho, from Jun Sasaki, a member of Ishinomaki Education Board. According to him, approximately 300 documents from the early modern time were preserved by him in the field. Therefore, we soon rang for the secretariat staff, who were carrying out the rescue operation in Alikawa Elementary School, and those documents were picked up by them on their way to secretariat office in Sendai.

Because one year had already passed, some of them had severely deteriorated, so that we are monitoring their condition as we put them in the freezer of the secretariat office.

  • The survey for damaged materials in Kurihara city

On 26th March, the survey for damaged historical materials of the Y family was carried out by Mr Mitsuo Goto, a voluntary member of the Miyagi Network. This was opened up by an owner who came to talk with the Society for Preservation of the Japanese Art Swords in Miyagi Prefecture, when the Society held the counselling service on January for the Art Swords damaged by the Earthquake and the Tsunami. In this survey we confirmed the present condition of the historical materials. Those involved many unidentified old documents; we will therefore hold the full-scale investigation after April.

This was the result that 2 organisations which treat and rescue different types of historical materials and cultural heritage shared common information, and because of that, we would confirm the existence of the new historical materials.

  • The rescue operation for old archives in Onagawa-cho

On 28th March, due to the request from the official of the board’s lifetime learning section, We carried out the rescue operation for documents in early modern times, which were discovered in the warehouse of town council. Sato and Amano, as secretariat officers of the Miyagi Network, visited the temporary office in the Onagawa municipal gymnasium, and confirmed the present condition of the documents, which amounted to a paper bag. Each documents were tightly adhered but only a few mould grew. We also transferred them to the secretariat office in Sendai and scheduled to carry out the urgent measures.

 

Even though one year already passed after the great disaster, we are very glad that the valuable historical materials are rescued, at the same time, we honestly surprised to that. The situation have been gradually calm down, and that may be why people start to pay attention with the historical materials. On the other hand, in terms of the situation of inland, the subsidised house-breaking was relatively delayed. Depends on the progress, we anticipate the increase of the number of operations for transference of historical materials from houses which will be dismantled. 

We appreciate your continuous cooperation and support for our activities in the next fiscal year. (written by Daisuke Sato)

NB: The photos are all from the homepage of the Miyagi Network for Preserving Historical Materials.

 

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.

Miyagi Network News No.163

~The rescue operation for library materials in Ishinomaki Culture Centre~

Cleaning operation

 From 17th to 18th of March, at the Ishinomaki Culture Centre, Miyagi Prefecture, we carried out the rescue operation for the library materials. The participants were 19 voluntary members of the Miyagi Network for Preserving Historical Materials, and 8 voluntary students from Chuo University and Hitotsubashi University, organised by Prof Koichi Watanabe of the National Institute of Japanese Literature and Associate Prof Kei Yamazaki of Chuo University.

Make a list

This was a part of the operation which was held on 18th and 18th of last December. Among 1,000 of library books and excavation reports concerned with the local history, which were damaged by the Tsunami, we selected those of which were available to be done urgent measure, and cleaned them up. Simultaneously, the student members indexed those books.During the operation in last December, books in a good condition were already selected to some extent; at this time, many of them were therefore in worse condition. The books which were judged to be difficult to undergo urgent measures and therefore would be scrapped. It was with mixed feelings to learn that there were books published or edited by the members of the Miyagi Network.

Miyagi Network’s report damaged by Tsunami

Because we were supported by many participants, we could finish selecting all the  books which were damaged by the Earthquake. On the other hand, half of books which were intended in this operation were decided to be scrapped.

Due to the difficulty of preserving space, Ishinomaki City is not in situation that they can accept the alternative library immediately. In contrast, when the Ishinomaki Culture centre will be restored in the future, the problem of lish the library will be issued. We would like people concerned to support the institution continuously. (written by Daisuke Sato)

books slated for disposal

NB: The photos are all from the homepage of the Miyagi Network for Preserving Historical Materials.

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.