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Yamagata Network's Activity Report & Objective! Part 8

Activities of the Yamagata Network

Published on 9 June 2011

Author(s): Network for Historical Materials

Type:  Blog/Situation report

From the blog of the Yamagata Relief Network for Cultural Heritage


As from May 11th, how quickly or slowly is your time passing? After the quake, I indeed think that each person has their own feeling about the speed of time. Some feel time flies so fast, some thinks time feels as if it has stopped, and others that it flows so slowly. As for the people in the devastated area, I suppose that those range of feelings well up inside of them. It must be very complicated.

With regard to the rescue operation, we can say that we might have the same complex emotions for the historical materials. We hope that many of you will feel the need of the sufferers and the devastated area, and think of the damaged materials as you come into contact with them as you conduct your activities. These materials have lost their owners, managers or the people concerned about them although they themselves had survived the disasters. After the quake, they were picked up from the debris and they are wet, emitting the smell of mould, covered with mud and slime. They are full of the lives of the people concerned. We, as the survivors, have to pass them down to the next generation.

We have started the cleaning operation for the damaged materials regularly in the evenings. We appreciate the people living in the neighbourhood who come and help us.

[Last week’s activity report]

1. On May 15th, the electric fans which dried the waterlogged materials were transferred to Yonezawa Women’s Junior College (hereafter, YWJC).

2. On May 15th, we prepared for the urgent Coordinating Committee of Historical Science Society of Japan concerned with the East Japan Earthquake in the secretarial office.

3. On May 16th, we held the meeting for explaining the sequence of our rescue operation and the components of the documents for the students of YWJC, because the damaged historical documents had finished their treatment by Tohoku University of Arts and Design (hereafter, TUAD) to YWJC. 25 members participated. After that, we cleaned up the preservation space for upcoming operations by around 8:00pm.

4. On May 17th, the first time we carried out the regular cleaning operation with students and general voluntary workers in TUAD from 6:00pm. Participants were 5 students and the other volunteers.

5. On May 19th, the second regular evening operation for cleaning up the materials. Participants were 5 students and the other volunteers.

6. On May 20th, we received the message that Niigata Prefectural Museum of History and Niigata City History Museum would send us the rescue goods, so we arranged the arrival date. It was agreed to transfer them to the Yamagata University and YWJC on May 25th.

7. Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum offered us the cardboard boxes, which were transferred to the YWJC.

8. On May 21st, we discussed about transferring the 5 electric fans, 40 cardboard boxes which Uesugi museum gave us, 15 500ml bottles of ethanol and 40 rolls of paper towel to Rikuzentakada City, Iwate Prefecture, and prepared for this operation.

9. The group making lantern slides and the person responsible for making leaflets about our activity made every effort. We appreciate you to make use of them.

[This week’s objective]

1. On May 24th we will carry out the regular evening cleaning operations in TUAD.
2. On May 25th we will be dispatched to the rescue operation in Rikuzentakada City. We have been looking for another 4 members.
3. On May 25th, the rescue goods will be transferred to YWJC and TUAD from Niigata.
4. On May 26th, the regular evening cleaning operation in TUAD.
5. On May 29th, we may be going to carry out the rescue operation. So we will schedule the meeting for it at any time.
6. We plan to hold the regular meeting in June on a larger scale, so will prepare for it.

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