"How to Preserve Local Historical Culture : Methods and Ideas for Rescuing Materials during Disasters"Fully Open Access

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2024.3.29 released



In a time of frequent natural disasters, disaster preparedness is an inevitable challenge. How can we preserve the history and culture of our regions? This book serves as a guide for on-site responses.

Since the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake to the Great East Japan Earthquake and up to the present, numerous manuals and techniques for disaster relief have been presented regarding the salvage of disaster-affected materials. However, the reality of each disaster varies greatly depending on geographical conditions and the severity of the disaster, and the condition of the materials to be salvaged is not uniform.

This book goes beyond mere manuals, emphasizing a "way of thinking" and providing clues for practical activities tailored to each "disaster situation."

Furthermore, it focuses on the interaction between people and communities surrounding the materials, and through several initiatives spanning from relief to inheritance, it addresses the utilization of specialized knowledge in society. An English version is included to accommodate international needs, aiming to expand the salvage activities of disaster-affected materials led by local communities.

A must-read for municipalities, museums, archives, libraries, and anyone interested in disaster preparedness, preservation, and inheritance of regional materials.
Co-authored by AMANO Masashi, MATSUSHITA Masakazu, HIDAKA Shingo, OHBAYASHI Kentaro, YAMAUCHI Toshiaki, ABE Koichi, ICHIZAWA Tetsu. English supervised by NEMOTO Takeru.

【disaster situations differ depending on their timing, historical and geographical background, scale, and type of disaster. The target materials are also diverse depending on the activities' composition. Disaster response requires efforts beyond specific techniques and manuals; putting them into practice is always challenging. After much discussion among the authors, we decided that the chapters would not end with an introduction of methodologies and practices but would present ideas for rescuing of each material. Our purpose is to organize what the situation is like during the stage of material rescue and escape from immediate danger, what to keep in mind, and the critical points for achieving that goal so that readers can use them as references for future field responses.】......excerpt from CONCLUSION

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Title: How to Preserve Local Historical Culture: Methods and Ideas for Rescuing Materials during Disasters
Editors: AMANO Masashi, MATSUSHITA Masakazu
Publisher: Bungaku Report
ISBN 978-4-86766-043-0 C0021
296 pages
Price: 1,800 Japanese Yen +Tax

【Table of Contents】

Foreword / OKUMURA Hiroshi (Graduate School of Humanities, Kobe University)
Download PDF Introduction / AMANO Masashi (National Museum of Japanese History)
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Part 1 Prerequisites for Materials Rescue

Chapter 1 Communities and Materials in the Event of a Disaster / AMANO Masashi
Download PDF Chapter 2 People Involved in Materials Rescue / MATSUSHITA Masakazu (Kobe University)
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Part 2 Approaches to Materials Rescue and Preservation

Chapter 3 Rescuing Paper Materials / AMANO Masashi
Download PDF Chapter 4 Rescuing Photographic Materials / MATSUSHITA Masakazu
Download PDF Chapter 5 Folk Implements Rescue / HIDAKA Shingo (National Museum of Ethnology)
Download PDF Chapter 6 Rescuing "Works of Art" / OHBAYASHI Kentaro (Kyoto University of the Arts)
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Part 3 Preparation for Materials Rescue

Chapter 7 Rescue Simulation: Action Plan / YAMAUCHI Toshiaki (Kyushu University of Health and Welfare)
Download PDF Chapter 8 Rescue Simulation: Disaster Preparation Practices / AMANO Masashi
Download PDF Chapter 9 Communicating with Local Communities / ABE Koichi (Fukushima University)
Download PDF Chapter 10 Specialized Knowledge and the Preservation of Historical Documents / ICHIZAWA Tetsu (Kobe University)
Download PDF Conclusion / MATSUSHITA Masakazu and AMANO Masashi
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