About HARU

We provide assistance toward the reconstruction of Tohoku district, devastated by the quake and the following Tsunami on March 11, 2011.Many volunteer students of Tohoku University have joined us in this noble cause. Also, HARU have received official recognition from Tohoku University so that we are able to promote volunteer activities to meet community needs. In the future, we are switching our work to the long-term reconstruction with broad range of cooperation.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The 1st Volunteer Seminar


    Hello, I am Otsuka, HARU Public Relations.
    On 20th of this month, the 1st Volunteer Seminar organized by Tohoku University Student Volunteer Support Center. The purpose of this seminar is to make chance for undergraduate students, especially  1st and 2nd year students to participate in supporting affected area.


    Presentations were given by teams doing activities in Tohoku University, about affected area and introduction of their activities. Also they had light discussion having light meal.HARU had chance to participate in this seminar, as well as L&D Sendsi and Tohoku Law Net(TLN).

    First half was 40 minutes session and last half 40 minutes individual session after break. At the first half, representatives of each teams introduced their activities as panelists, and at the last half, each teams formed islands to talk about their activities. More than 30 students were participated to understand further about how volunteers are needed.

    A student who participated as representative of HARU said:"It has made a big step to spread this action to junior fellows, corroborating university and students. I want to see many junior fellows. It was great that I could find 2 students who wanted to do something but couldn't take a step!" 

    We would be happy if we could encourage students who participated in this seminar. Of course HARU our selves welcome those who are willing to act with us, in order to keep on working on support activities.

    This volunteer seminar will be held again. If you are willing to act but can't take a step, don't know what to do, or interested in volunteering, then you should come to the next seminar for sure.

Bonus article:
    Now Sendai Illumination Festival is held along Jozenji street.




    As a matter of fact, this festival was said to be difficult to be held this year, because a part of illumination was flown away by the tsunami. Fortunately, Tokyo Omotesando Illumination provided help so that it could be held this year.

    This indeed is light of "bond" as its Chinese character was chosen to this year's character. Though it's freezing in Sendai, I get warm looking at this light.

Few more days we have left for this year.
Don't loose hope! Merry Christmas, and have a happy new year:)

M. Otsuka

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Pre-event of "しあわせきいろ"(Happiness of YELLOW)


This is Kaisumi from HARU  public relation.
Last night, we got snow and winter has come to our town, finally.
About a month ago, on 20th of Nov, I participated in an event at Watari town. I'd like to blog about it.

    As I also belong to HARU's "Field Mustard" project, and we got invitation to this event from Wakabayashi-san from Miyagi University. A company named "My Farm" from Kyoto hosted this event. Happiness of YELLOW is another project to plant field mustard, just like HARUs. This pre-event is for sowing seeds.

    It was b.e.a.utiful day! Thanks for warm sun, my coat seemed disappointed.
I got this cute badge!
   Before sowing, people offered us one of Wataris popular dish はらこ飯 (Harako-meshi), which is a bowl dish cooked with salmon roe and salmon. Since Ive eaten Harako-meshi at Watari before 3.11, it warmed up not only body but also my heart.

    First, we removed small rubble from field. Field was mixed with sea sand, and it was like that of beach.

    Farmers sorrow is unimaginable, but next spring, the plants will grow here firmly and strongly and make carpet of flowers. I felt so excited.
    Then, we made a long line to sow.

    It was fun sowing seeds with many people: University students from Sendai, volunteers who came all the way from Osaka and the farmers. We all work and pray together for reconstruction.

    By the time we wrapped up, strong wind was blowing from sea.
Lastly, Id like to thank Wakabayashi-san so much for inviting us to this event!

A. Kaisumi

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Field Mustard Project of HARU


    Hello, this is Kitazawa of HARU Public Relations.
Thank you all for reading our blog.
This time I would like to share one of the projects of HARU, Field Mustard Project.

    This is the first time sharing this project and it's about the end of the year, I would like to review the hole activity they have done. Please stay tuned till the end.
***
    The motivator was in July. A professor of agricultural department contacted us if we wanted to work on Field Mustard Project with him. We thought we first should see the place, so we participated in slime raking in July. I could hear from one of the participants:
"We have raked 1.4 ha paddy with 100 people including students and staffs of Tohoku University, Japan Red Cross, and NPO Miyagi Disaster Relief Volunteer Center. I thought there wouldn't be any grass because of brine damage, but there actually was full of grass."

"However it seemed like the ecological system was damaged, as we could see only few kinds were growing there. We felt the necessity of recovery from brine damage."
"Each participants shared roles and worked on them in silence. I felt it quite nice that we could corroborate with each other, although we were actually first met. However we could finish only 2/3of what we planed to finish. There were 100 people worked 5 hours. I came up with a question that 'how much percentage we have done today of the whole affected paddy?'"

"But at the same time, I thought all the participants felt that we could make progress even a step or half a step. I thought that we could deliver a warm light of hope to hearts of who hope reconstruction, which is another intensional of this Field Mustard Project."

***

    As this student have mentioned, even if we live in Tohoku, there so many things we don't know what's happening at coast side. Though many projects to help fields are introduced on media, still there are much much more fields or paddies undone. I didn't realize it until I went to the place.

    After this, HARU have decided to work on it together. After working on planting and thinning in October, now the field mustard have grown to here. (They look delicious already!)


    Besides, some people who were taking a walk talked to us looking interested. I realized that those people who live near here found it put forth buds, and will find swelling of buds and blooming of fine yellow first. NOT US!

    We are not going to Wakabayashi ward every day nor have we had much communication with local people. We have worked with some of them, but that I feel is not enough. So I planed on making a display to have local people know about us and watch the field mustard together. (We have just made the base the other day:)

    We are planning on placing the display on the field in a few weeks, after putting our introduction and some other stuff.
    Also we are planning on a event or something to go with blooming and harvesting of the field mustard, involving local people.
-How about sketching competition?
-Why don't we learn how the field mustards work for brine damage with local people from professors?
-How can we reduce to local people and farmers by events?
etc.


That is all for my report on its activity.

P.S. It was my first time going to Wakabayashi ward on this project.
Green grass was growing in the photo above because it was summer, in fall I saw many fields covered with tall, light brown grass. Normally they were having harvest season. That grass wasn't supposed to be there. I am participating in this for my wish to be any strength to farmers. So I am willing to hang on to this longer.

Sorry for being this report so long, but thank you for reading all through.

S.Kitazawa

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Conference by Students of Affected Area in Kagawa prefecture


    This is Fukumoto, HARU Public Relations.
    I would like to share this time about Conference by Students of Affected Area in Kagawa prefecture.

    This conference was organized by Team Kagawa Students, which is consist of voluntary students of medical school of Kagawa University. In this conference, 7. Students who are students of Tohoku University, Fukushima University and Fukushima Prefecture Medical College, and  were involved in volunteer activities on reconstruction from the earthquake gave presentation on their activities and their future works. From Tohoku University, 4 students who did activities in HARU right after the earthquake participated.
Conference room in Kagawa University Medical School
    At the conference, each students gave presentation about how it was and how  they did after affection, about the fact of volunteer activity and what problems the have, and so on. Though they were all students, they all had different situations such that one who stayed at university hospital to help out back-stage medical care, one who drove around evacuation centers to help transporting supplies, one who went along with university hospital doctors to help on-site medical care, one who organized events for children at makeshift houses.

    By exchanging opinions and having relations to each other in this atmosphere, I think we can find new point of view. As one who do activities on site, I thought we have to think about how it is now and how we should do in longer period of time.

    I have another thing to think; I want to tell especially to whom were not affected, as one who know the affected area of that time.

    What if you are hit by unexpected and unparalleled disaster tomorrow? If you are not prepared for that, you'll be too surprised to make right decisions. (in fact, I couldn't.)

Imagine if that happened to you town.

    What dangerous would happen? Disasters form several shapes other than this tsunami. Collapsing on buildings, landslides, derails of trains, traffic jam because of black out, not being able to go home because of traffic jam and so on. The first thing you need to do is to save yourself.
    Afterwards what should you do?Do you know where to evacuate? How do you contact your family and friends? What if lifelines were cut off? Have you prepared evacuation bag? Do you have enough stock of daily essentials?


    You don't have to think of it all the time, but think and know about it at least once. Even if you don't go to the place nor do volunteer activities, it should be helpful to you sometimes. It would make much difference that you HAVE heard or thought when you face it. I would be happy if informations from us would help someone at someplace.

    It was such a good opportunity to be able to have contact with Shikoku, where such a far district from Tohoku, in such meaning. In the end I expect more people to think of what if I were involved in disasters.


Y.Fukumoto

After the conference,
(Students of medical school of Kagawa University  Team Kagawa Students, Tohoku University, Fukushima University, Fukushima Prefecture Medical College, Ehime University, and Tokushima University)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

HARU Meeting


Hello, this is Kuboki, a member of Public Relations Section of HARU.

We held the 2nd whole-team meeting on November 24th.
We discuss about progress of each projects and topics which involve the whole team.

This time I would like to share what we have discussed in this meeting.

First, we shared progress and future work of all 3 projects, Library recovery, Study support and Field mustard. It was quite a nice occasion to get to know about other projects than I belong to.
Library and study support projects were doing activities daily, and also Field mustard project have progressed on contriving events which will be held next spring and summer.

Next, we discussed about a topic which recently came up.
Though short has it been since we had restarted, many, from professors in our university to foreigners, have suggested us new projects.
I can't wright much about specific contents. But we are willing to do whatever we can, one by one.

At last, we heard report about symposium at Kobe University. We could know what we wanted to refer to from January 17quake in1995 and volunteer activities since then.

At the end of this article, I'll share a photo of this meeting.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

LIGHT UP NIPPON


    After 8 months of the earthquake, on  November 11th, a lecture by Y. Takada, who have found LIGHT UP NIPPON, was held at Tohoku University.


   LIGHT UP NIPPON was found to act on the situation we had after the earthquake, that people stop holding firework festivals, to cheer up affected area and all over Japan, by volunteers including Takada and workers in Tokyo.
     They realized 10 firework festivals at a time at affected areas such as Sendai harbor and MinamiSouma, involving many people, companies, and even governments, raising over 60 million yen. (for further information, see http://lightupnippon.jp/)

   I have learned many about producing events and projects, feeling much of his feeling for reconstruction at the lecture. The most impressive thing I learned was how important "to act" and "connection of people" are.

"To act"
   We have to actually take action to start something. There are many things you don't know until you start. Though you may face problems by acting, you can find ways to solve problems when you know what the main problem is. You can get more motivated when you overcome problems one by one.

"Connection"
    Connections can be a big energy for acting and challenging things. You can manage doing things more efficient when you know someone know about it better. Takada said LIGHT UP NIPPON have done all this by having professionals of each field in charge. Wider the connection you have, more chance you have.


    3 projects are in progress day by day after restarting HARU.

  New projects will probably be found for reconstruction. For that occasion we will apply what we have learned from the lecture and hopefully help reconstruction of affected area.


"Let's cheer Tohoku up and make them happy"



HARU Public Relations
H. Eto

Sunday, November 13, 2011

After 8 months

Hi, this is Tsugawa, from public relation of HARU.
We are going to change how we disseminate our acts, as HARU changed its activity form.
Honestly speaking, we have escaped from a lot of things to protect us.
It was because we couldn't presume what would happen, and we were scared that those happenings might turn out to be serious problems.
In fact, we have faced numbers of failures and frustrations.
Also we have hesitated to disseminate our acts, for asking ourselves if we can do something we can really be proud of. We heard people say the word "self-satisfaction."

On this occasion we are re-examining the operations of HARU. We are feeling that we should confront to problems more authentically. We would like to share them here as well.


Through our past actions, we learned how difficult it is to act for others. We have to understand genuinely what they need, sometimes those are implicit or opposite from what they say.
Still more, we have to take the measure if we can handle them. We might trouble even more for not being able to manage ourselves for strong sense of mission and responsibility.
Another problem is whether our actions actually help them or not.
To go to the extreme, the actions might extinguish their opportunity of getting the strength, mind or idea of overcoming the problem, where we cannot help them for entire future.
However, we won't be able to do anything if we thought of such things.
I thought that there is no way other than do things what we can do with cordiality and receptivity.
For that matter we need true heart to sympathize with others.
We will keep acting with real motivation, understanding, and sincerity.



It's getting much cold these days in Miyagi as the daytime gets shorter.
Take care,
Y.Tsugawa

View from Tohoku University @Mt. Aoba


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Tohoku University Festival, Nov. 3rd – 5th


Hi, this is Otsuka, HARU Public Relations Section.

The weather has been nice recently, but during the night it’s already cold. I feel winter coming. Tohoku University held University Festival in this nice, good weather from 3rd to 5th of November.




              The theme of this year’s festival is “Link Tompei.” “Link” stands for how we work all together under such circumstance that Tohoku district has had a hard time because of the earthquake. “Tompei” stands for Tohoku University students, with message of bond to be put out. This year they made cute little “Pi-to kun” a mascot character.

              During the festival, a lot of people from the area around visited the university to enjoy. I felt grateful to see it that we could hold this festival after the earthquake.

              At the festival, earthquake-reconstruction-related volunteer teams reported their activities as well as other ordinal events and booths. Although HARU unfortunately couldn’t participate in that, it was pretty good to know other team’s activity. At an exhibition, I felt as much of how lurid the tsunami disaster was by displays of bicycles, tires, and clocks that were swept up.




              What I have learned watching and listening to what people say at those exhibitions, no matter how different the way they stood up or how they act, we have all the same passion “for people in affected area” and goal “Reconstruction of Tohoku.” We should keep on doing what we Tohoku University students can, for long term, changing its contents to fit to needs.

              Each projects of HARU are moving on day by day. We would like to share report of those projects as well on this blog later on.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

UN-Day 2011, Sendai


This is Kaisumi, a member of Public Relations Section of HARU. I participated in UN-Day conference held at Tohoku University, on October 24th.


They had exhibition area for students in 2nd floor of the building, thus we displayed our posters. The conference started at 10:30, with full of people inside the main hall.

   During lunch time, some others and I were helping out spinning participants to UN exhibition area, which was located at one of the innermost parts of the building. They had many displays from UN related organizations for example WFP and UNICEF. They displayed about their activities and those related to the East Coast Earthquake reconstruction supports. One of them which exhibited about children who cannot go schools because of helping out their house works reminded me of the days we had right after the earthquake, when we didn’t have power supply nor water. Fortunately my house weren’t quite affected by either earthquake or tsunami, so we stayed there. My family branched up doing living stuff, carrying heavy water and making meals which took so long.

We spent whole day just to “live.”

Comparing to situation of those who cannot go to schools, ours is nothing. But after that I can understand a bit more of it with reality.


        After lunch time, I could see panel discussion. Topic of the first half was “Work Through with Partnership.” They discussed that the first act is very important on emergency, that each professionals with emergency experience are quite helpful, and that people need to actually go to the place and find out what they need to be helped. Now winter is coming to the affected area, which make people there need more volunteers. They put out message that you cannot hesitate to go volunteering just because it has already been a while.




      The second topic was “To Youth Declaration from ‘Disaster and Volunteering.’”  In the beginning they discussed about role of NPOs and support system between local governments in emergency support. Later on students from Kobe University, from Bukkyo University and from Tohoku University who were from HARU, participated as panelists. In this session they discussed about role of student volunteers. They said that for people in affected area get encouraged to see volunteers coming, because they feel not being left alone.

I understood that individuals may be able to do little, but with whole bunch of individuals sum up together and make progress on reconstruction.


      At the end of the conference, students made “Youth Declaration:”
1. We would like to think about living with nature.
2. We learned we can do something as youth. We want to pass this act on reconstruction to next generation.
3. We are willing to continue on volunteering thinking of the needs of people in affected area.
4. We felt that the whole world have focused on this. We want to keep speaking out of how Tohoku (Japan) is being reborn.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Restart of HARU

HARU had acted a role on functioning as volunteer center inside Tohoku University. It has taken a pause since mid June, for many of our teammates having difficulty on having it both ways volunteering and studying. During the pause, we have discussed about activity policy and form of the team.

From now on, we restart HARU as a simple volunteer team, relinquishing our previous role as volunteer center and the mailing list. We are going to cooperate with Tohoku University East Japan Earthquake Student Volunteer Support Division: http://www.tohoku.ac.jp/japanese/studentinfo/volunteer/01/volunteer0101/

We are going to work on 3 projects:
1. Education Support
2. Library Recovery
3. Field Mustard Project

For further information, visit:
https://sites.google.com/site/haruthuv/projects
(Japanese only)


All the members belong to either of the projects and take responsibility on it. We would like to increase the number of projects as possible with students and professors with new idea.

Since we are not going to use the mailing list anymore, we want those who are willing to work with us to join us as a member. We will let you know later on website or other tool.

We are very grateful that we could work with you all the registrants, for supporting Tohoku district reconstruction. We believe that our work was help to reconstruction.

Regards,
HARU Head Quarter Members

Friday, June 24, 2011

Announcement on Reorganization of HARU

It has been 3 month since HARU was found by some volunteer students on 24th of March, after the Great East Japan Earthquake. We have made a collective effort by doing anything we can to help, and accepted many requests. We have always groped what we can do, and what we ought to do.

It is said that 3 months lets it move on to the next reconstruction phase in many affected area. On this occasion we are discussing about our future activity and reorganizing the system. Under this circumstance, we are not capable of doing any advocacy work right now.

Though there are so many of works left that are needed in affected areas, we are going through an indispensible reorganization. It takes a while, but we are willing to turn over new leaf. So please wait until then.

Monday, June 20, 2011

“Ishinomaki Wonder Yokochou”

“Ishinomaki Wonder Yokochou” project is planned by a group of artists such as Ichiro Endo and some other artists, belonging to “Island Japan”, and several members of HARU took part in this activity.


Tachimachi Shopping Street in Ishinomaki was seriously affected by the Tsunami. Right after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the streets were covered with mud, so very few people were walking on them. The whole town looked “grey”. Even in this situation, we found an open flower shop. “Sakko-chan”, an artist of the Island Japan, who had stayed in the shopping street and had been engaged in the volunteer activity, was shaken by a picture hung in the shop. It all started from this episode, she then decided to start an activity of drawing pictures on the shutters of shops on the shopping street. She hopes that these pictures will cheer up shop owners so that they will be able to start their daily operation again.

Until now, we had drawn pictures on 3 shops’ shutters and name boards. Many artists gathered from all over the country, from Tokyo to Oita, and they even try to get the passers by or citizens to be involved in drawing pictures on shutters.

They also recruit volunteers for drawing pictures with them on an as-needed basis. No special skills are required. Let’s draw pictures together!!


In addition, near the shops with painted shutters at Ishinomaki Wonder Yokochou, an exhibition of art works of high school students is being held now. Name plates used for temporary housings, which are made by an art club students from Ishinomaki Nishi High School and Ishinomaki Koubunkan High School using wood scrap are on display. Since most of the students come from serious affected areas, they put special feelings in these name plates.

The shopping street and the exhibition site, was seriously affected by the Tsunami, so most of shops could not open again. Despite of such situation, the exhibition was held without charge as a favor of owner.

“Name plate exhibition for everyone”

Date: June 18th ~26th (11:00~18:00)

Place: “Boys Gallery” 2-6-25 Tachimachi, Ishinomaki City


After the exhibition, the name plates will be given to the temporary housing residents. During the exhibition period, also visitors can make their own name plates. Materials are ready. Everyone is welcome. We hope that many people visit the exhibition..

Contact information:

Chie Kajiwara

Ishinomaki Wonder Yokochou

08033243338

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Received Letter of Appreciation from University Library

Hello, I’m Tatsurou Kuboki, a member of publication section.

I am pleased to inform you that University Library gave us a letter of appreciation for the volunteer activities of HARU.

From April to the beginning of June, HARU had been engaged in volunteer activities on recovery of University Library. The University Library has more than 4 million books and is one of the major libraries in Japan. However, due to the Great East Japan Earthquake, more than one million books fell off the shelves or were damaged.

In order to bring about recovery as soon as possible, HARU carried out an volunteer project. Consequently the library could reopen before the long vacation in May. At present, the library is operated on regular basis as before.

June 14th, 2011 was the 100th anniversary of University Library. On this day, anniversary ceremony was taken place. At the start of the ceremony, Keiichi Noge, an Library Director, gave a speech in which he said that “Earthquake disaster occurred on this 100th anniversary year, and we were suffered by the earthquake. However, thanks to student volunteer members, we could recover early. Now, let’s encourage ourselves for revitalization of this library together toward the next 100th anniversary.”

After that, we were given a letter of appreciation from Library Director Noge.

The content of the letter of appreciation is as follows:

Certificate of Appreciation

To "HARU" -Reconstruction Team of TOHOKU University-

You contributed on recovery of the University Library, which was suffered seriously by the Great East Japan Earthquake, with a lot of volunteer members.

To admire your achievement and express our appreciation, on this day of the 100th anniversary, I am very pleased to send you this letter of appreciation.

June 14, 2011

Tohoku University Library Director

Keiichi Noge

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Volunteer activity of cleaning photographs – keep memories of affected areas–


        Now, HARU has been engaged in cleaning photographs damaged by seawater and mud in tsunami.  Japan Self-Defense Forces provides us with photographs and photo albums of which owners have not been found.  We wash the mud off of the photographs.  And we dry them, preserve, and finally return them to residents. The number of photographs is more than 120 thousands, so it will take a lot of time to complete this activity.  We would like to do what we can do now, and clean them one by one, quickly and carefully.

        I would like to introduce a procedure for cleaning photographs. Some photographs are so degraded   that ink is removed or almost removed. If we badly wash the mud off the photographs, ink may be also removed and they may get further injured.  However, if the mud were left unwashed, bacteria would grow and the photo would disappear.  Under these circumstances, we wash away the mud with our fingertips delicately and carefully.  After washing, we hang up the photos with clothespins and put them in the new album.  As to cleaning damaged albums, we clean the mud page by page.  Aside from our activities, photographers are working on making copies of damaged photographs.  How carefully we wash the photos, unless we can remove the bacteria completely, they will eventually fade. Therefore, we try to duplicate the washed photos to preserve them.

        A member of HARU who is in his 1st year of economics major said, “I feel satisfied when a damaged photo which at first looked impossible to be restored finally got clean after the mud was washed away bit by bit. One day when I was leaving after the activity, a couple who came to pick up photographs found theirs and smiled happily.  This made me think it was worth it. ”

        Another member who is in his 3rd year of materials major said, “Preserving records like photos for future reference is a very important task.  I also cleaned the back of the photos carefully when a date or some notes were written on its back. I hope I can be of help to keep those memories as far as I can.  When we were cleaning photos, a resident came and found out a photo of him.  The photo had happened to be his friend's. So he brought it to the friend.  This is an episode which made me decide to put in effort in order to return all photographs to their original owners.  We have to complete the cleaning work by Obon (around mid-August).  I will continue this activity.”

        Through the activity of cleaning photos, we would like to send memories to residents as much as possible, and we hope these activities will help reconstruction.  HARU will continue this activity.  We have been working at Yamamoto-chou until now.  Hereafter we will move to Katahira campus and continue the activity.  We will make efforts to return as many photos as we can to affected people in cooperation with many people..

Saturday, May 21, 2011

University Library Continues to Recover


Hello, I’m Shihomi Meguro, a member of the publication department.
At Kawauchi campus where we’ve just welcomed new students, you can see beautiful seasonal scenery of young leaves and blue sky.
 
It’s been 2 weeks since the lectures restarted. With an aim of striking balance between study and volunteer activities, HARU members seek “what I can do” for recovery.

This week again, HARU members have made efforts on recovery work at university library.

On May 18th, about 10 members of HARU worked at the main building of university library.  On 1st and 2nd floor, there are about 900,000 books including classical documents and large books.
Thanks to the hard work of the library staff, most of the scattered books on the floor were returned to the bookshelves.  The library stack room is now available.  On that day, we strapped the books to the bookshelves to prepare for the aftershock.
       
A student of the faculty of economics who participated in this activity had gone back to his hometown, Yonezawa City in Yamagata Prefecture, to take refuge for a while until the lectures were restarted.  In Yonezawa city, he worked as a volunteer to support affected people who escaped from affected area around Fukushima nuclear power plants. He returned to Sendai when the lectures were started, but he said “I cannot feel ease when I study.  So, I joined a volunteer activity here at the university to help someone else.”

A student in his 1st year of master course of law and politics told me his motivation of joining HARU.  He said, “I was stimulated by a friend of mine, Kyoto University student, who had worked as a volunteer in Miyagi Prefecture.”

A student in his 1st year of doctor course of engineering has moved from Niigata to Sendai this spring in order to go to the doctor course.  He told us what he felt when he decided to join this activity.  He said, “When I watched the TV news covering the earthquake disaster, my legs moved at the next moment.”
 
It was impressive that each member told his feeling word by word, without stopping his hands to band books.
Library staff expressed thanks to HARU members for their activities to recover the library.

Staff was concerned most about the effects on the rare books.
On 2nd floor of the main building, there is a rare books stack room.  In the room, rare documents of the world written several hundred years ago, and the first published edition of Soseki Natume and his letters written in his own handwriting were strictly kept.
 
In this room, strict systems against earthquake disaster had been provided, for example earthquake-proof book racks. However, some books in this room fell out of safety bars and scattered over the floor.  This told how severe the 3 minute-earthquake of 3.11 was.
 
The rare books will be repaired by staff and professionals, but the cost will be significant.

A staff member of university library dropped his shoulders in disappointment and said, “When I think of the affected books, I cannot stop feeling like crying.”

HARU members will continue to help recover the library even after the next week.