Documenting Disaster: Natural Disasters in Japanese History, 1703-2003
|Period of exhibition||Tuesday, July 8 to Sunday, September 21, 2003|
|Admission fee||Including in General Admission Fee|
|Hours||9:30 - 17:00 (Entrance closes at 16:30)|
|Closed||7/14.22.28, 8/184.108.40.206, 9/1.8.16|
|Exhibition site||Rooms 1-3, Entrance Hall, National Museum of Japanese History|
|Sponsor||National Museum of Japanese History|
The project for this exhibition started in the summer of 2000 when our application was accepted by the National Museum of Japanese History. In 2001, the members of this project carried out various interdisciplinary researches on historical natural disasters in Japan. Then, in 2002, we discussed the kind of natural disasters to focus on in the exhibition and how they could be presented. The findings of the research and discussion among the members are all presented here in this exhibition catalogue. The following disasters are represented through various media including disaster maps, historical documents, paintings, and computer graphics.
Special Exhibition: Entrance Hall
Special Exhibition: Gallery 1
Special Exhibition: Gallery 2
Special Exhibition: Gallery 3
Recovering from Disaster
Relief to natural disaster victims is a recurring subject of administrative records throughout Japanese history. But such records do not often provide detailed descriptions of recovery from the perspective of ordinary people. This exhibition seeks to demonstrate the ways that ordinary people have recovered from natural disaster. It focuses on three major disasters from the Edo period-the Kisakata Quake of 1804, the Zenkoji Quake of 1847, and the Ansei-Edo Quake of 1855-and the recent Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
One of the characteristic points of our project on historical natural disasters is that it is a large-scale joint-research project between scientists and historians. However, this is not just a collaborative research project within a closed group of people in academia. Our findings and discussions are open to the public through this exhibition. We are grateful to any suggestions and helpful comments on any part of the exhibiton.