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Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution: Library (資料室)


General Information

The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution Library
5th floor, Disaster Reduction Museum,
The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
1-5-2 Kaigan-dori, Wakinohama, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0073


About the Library:

The DRI Library was opened in 2002 to research, collect, and preserve data relating to the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. Originally, the data was collected by the Hyogo Creation Associations followed by The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Institution.  About 160,000 individual data and information resources were accumulated and are available to the public.

Summary of Collection(s)


Primary Materials (一次資料):

Artifacts: Materials left after the Great Earthquake; including a broken watch (stopped at 5:46), destroyed golf club, harmonica, journals of volunteers, memos and diaries by victims, reports from neighborhood councils

Photos: Images of destroyed buildings, evacuation camps, photographic records of the affected area、aerial photographs of the affected area

Audio-visual: Images of the Great Earthquake videotaped by the victims, images of recovery and reconstruction, audio recordings of  local community FM

Risk management efforts

Secondary Materials (二次資料):


Magazines: Natural sciences, disaster prevention

Audio-visual: DVD, CD- ROM

A map of the affected area

Computer reference system Maps of Kobe City before and after the Earthquake

Note: The Guide uses the ALA/LC standard romanization, however, it also reflects a different romanization system used by an individual institution or collection.

How to Use the Facility

Using the Library

Photocopy: 10 yen per page

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