We first construct compatible actions of the product of the unit interval and the unit circle as a monoid on a semi-stable degeneration of pairs and on the associated log topological spaces. Then we show that the log topological family is locally trivial in piecewise smooth category over the base, i.e., the associated log topological family recovers the vanishing cycles of the original semi-stable degeneration in the most naive sense. Using this result together with the log Riemann-Hilbert correspondence, we introduce two types of integral structure of the variation of mixed Hodge structure associated to a semi-stable degeneration of pairs.
"Recovery of vanishing cycles by log geometry." Tohoku Math. J. (2) 53 (1) 1 - 36, 2001. https://doi.org/10.2748/tmj/1178207529