The Present Condition of our Activities

From the Fukushima Network

Published on 8 June 2011

Author(s): Network for Historical Materials

Type:  Blog/Situation report

From the May 23th blog of the Fukushima Network for Preserving Historical Materials

The following is the whole report of our present condition as from last week. In terms of crime prevention for the historical materials or our highly urgent requests, we couldn’t announce the advertisement for the voluntary work for rescuing materials in advance. We apologise about it.

[May 12th] Fukushima Prefectural Museum rescued the damaged materials in Fukushima City.

[May 14th] We transferred the archaeological artefacts damaged in the southern area of the prefecture. The participants were a officer of the local Board of education and 9 voluntary workers from the Fukushima Network(8) and from Saitama Prefecture(1).

[Mai 15th]In the Fukushima Minyu (Newspaper of Fukushima Minyu), an article whose title was “Protect for the hidden cultural properties” appeared. It included the Fukushima Network’s activities and the appeal for offering us the information about the historical materials which were still not rescued.

We held the conference for the inaugurators of the Fukushima Network for Preserving Historical Materials in Fukushima Prefectural Historical Museum. Participants were 1 member from Fukushimaken Shigakkai, 2 members from Fukushima University, 2 members from Fukushima Prefectural Museum, 1 member from the Culture Promotion Organization of Fukushima Prefecture.

[May 16th]In the Fukushima Minpo (Newspaper of Fukushima Minpo), an article whose title was “Old archives, fine arts, photos, letters, books —they had rescued in the devastated area, and preserved from scattering and losing” appeared. It included our activities and the appeal for informing us of the damaged historical material’s whereabouts.

The materials needed such as paper towels and tissue papers were brought to us as relief goods from the NPO Japan Conservation Project.

Prof.Okumura, Mr Kawauchi, Mr Yoshikawa, and Ms Sasaki of the Network for Historical Materials whose secretariat office was in Kobe visited us, and we exchanged information with each other in Fukushima University. Participants from Fukushima Network were Mr Abe and Mr Honma.

[May 17th] Because we received the urgent requests from 2 families living in the northern area of the prefecture, we inspected their damaged whitewashed warehouse and the operation for rescuing historical materials. 1 member of Fukushima Network, 2 members of Fukushima Prefectural Museum, and 2 officers of the local Board of education were sent out.

[May 18th] In the Fukushima Minyu, an article whose title was “We will protect the Historical Materials” was reported, and it appealed to contact with Fukushima Network if people had some materials damaged by the quake or the Tsunami.

[May 19th] Fukushima Prefectural Museum preserved historical materials in Hamadori area(*).

[May 20th] The “Coordinating Committee for rescuing cultural properties damaged by the East Japan Eathquake” was held by the section for cultural properties of Fukushima Prefectural Education Bureau in Fukushima Prefectural Library. The institutions which participated to the committee were the sections for cultural properties and social education of the Bureau, the Prefectural Museum, Prefectural Museum for Arts, the Shirakawa branch office of Prefectural Centre for Cultural Properties, the Culture Promotion Organization for Fukushima Prefecture, and Fukushima Network for Preserving Historical Materials (Mr Kikuchi and Mr Abe).

[May 21st] 1 secretariat officer visited a family and investigated their historical materials damaged by the quake in the northern area of the prefecture.

[May 22th] In the “Lunch Time Urgent Coordinating Committee concerned with the East Japan Earthquake” at the 2011 convention of the Historical Science Society of Japan held in Aoyama Gakuin University, Associate Prof. Koichi Abe of the Fukushima Network reported the present condition of Fukushima Prefecture.

*Hamadori area(浜通り): Hamadori is an area’s name which indicates that the east part of Fukushima divided its land into three zones, because the shape of this prefecture is long from side to side.

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