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Koganei and I: Secret Expression: “Recall Field Trip” civic tours

Everyday tours attracting memories of different neighborhoods

  • Art Project

Historical sightseeing? A walk through the streets? Wrong!
We present a series of “field trips” on the theme of personal memories. These modest outings nevertheless possess imagination on a grand scale!

Koganei City in metropolitan Tokyo.
Situated roughly in the middle of Tokyo, it has prospered mainly as a residential commuter town.
Residents developed a variety of ideas for “recall field trips”, regarding Koganei as a place that triggers memories. First there is the “big recall field trip”, a group tour in which participants chat as they stroll all around town. Also on offer is the “recall field trip collection”, an array of field trips based around diverse snippets of residents’ memories. These will be conducted in one go on the same day.
Walking, running, talking, writing, eating, drawing, listening, singing: there are various ways to enjoy a field trip.
Apart from Koganei locals, out-of-towners too are sure to find something that connects to memories of their own towns.
This is a continuation of last summer’s popular Recall Button exhibition at the Koganei Civic Center. We look forward to broad participation in these events.

Guest director: Wataru Asada (cultural activist, artist)
Local volunteer mediators (who will transform residents’ memories into expressive forms): Yumi Ito, Kazuhiro Shimada, Masaki Sudo, Midori Sudo, Nanako Sudo, Rona Tanaka, Emiko Tamaki, Maki Nagasawa, Koji Hisada
Art management: Shino Arata
Art direction and design: Yurie Kitsukawa, Nanaho Yomoda


Pre-talk “How are we affected by searching somebody’s memory?”, and evening recall field trip

Through the practices of its “Tsunagari no Ie” initiative at the leprosy sanatorium on Oshima island in the Seto Inland Sea, the “Yasashii Bijutsu Art for the Hospital Project” takes a hard look at the relationship between the lives of individuals there and the fraught history of the island. In this pre-talk, the director of Yasashii Bijutsu and the director of the Koganei field trip project will discuss the subject of memory. After the talk, a mobile street stall will be dispatched to the night streets of Koganei.

Date and time
Pre-talk: Friday, November 17, 2017 19:00 — 20:30 (meet at 19:00)
Evening field trip: Friday, November 17, 2017 20:30 — 22:00 (meet at 20:30)
Venue / meeting place
Recall field trip information center (codolabo, 1F Chateau Koganei , 6-5-3 Honcho, Koganei City, Tokyo)
Nobuyuki Takahashi (artist, Yasashii Bijutsu project director, professor at Nagoya Zokei University)
What to bring
Snacks (costing within 300 yen), plastic picnic sheet

Big recall field trip: X number of miles walking through Koganei City to jog the memory

There is only one rule: participants have to bring a cherished item they have always owned, or something they can never bring themselves to throw away. Participants will talk about what they’ve brought (or worn, if an item of clothing) as they walk. During the walk, participants might swap items, or make a designated stop (at a restaurant, shop, home, park or such like) and hear some of the memories of locals. When you get to the final point, what feelings will you be left with? Oh, and don’t forget to bring lunch!

Date and time
Saturday, November 18, 2017 10:30 — evening (meet at 10:00)
Meeting place
“Nohara-kun” mobile information stall, Festival Court event space, in front of Ito Yokado, south exit of Musashi-koganei station (6-14 Honcho, Koganei City, Tokyo)
Various places around Koganei City
What to bring
Lunch, Thermos, snacks (once again, something costing no more than 300 yen), a plastic picnic sheet, wet weather gear, and a cherished item you have always owned, or something you can’t bring yourself to throw away.

Recall field trip collection

In one go we’ll be running field trips put together by local volunteers who have collected and sorted various memories, as well as trips based on ideas submitted from inside and outside Koganei. The trips will be divided into several types, and participants will go around various places in Koganei accompanied by a guide, or “tour concierge”. We’re sure you will enjoy this program full of wonder.

Program examples (partial)
– School routes from times past (led by Emiko Tamaki with Maki Nagasawa)
– Koganei safari park (led by the Sudo family).
– The unmanned exchange in our memories (led by Kazuhiro Shimada)
– The The End: a never-ending nightmare (led by Rona Tanaka)
– The forbidden railroad crossing cafe (NPO Artfull Action concept)
– Map of place names given by locals (led by Koji Hisada)
– Charumera noodles stall’s “Chindon” marching band: recreating the sounds of childhood as we walk (led by Koji Hisada)
– “Tree-mendous” trees competition (led by the Sudos with Nanaho Yomoda)
– Tour of tiny shops and restaurants (led by Nanako Sudo)
– Mobile living room (led by Yumi Ito)
– Following in the footsteps of children from a walking map of nursery schools (led by Maki Nagasawa)
– Paper plane rally in the streets (NPO Artfull Action concept)

Date and time
Sunday, November 19, 2017 10:00 — 18:30
Various areas around Koganei City

*All programs will go ahead rain or shine, but some details may change.
*Program details as well as meeting places and times will be posted as necessary in our official blog, or on Facebook and Twitter. Printed copies of the program will be available at Koganei City Office’s community and culture division, various community centers, Nukui Kitamachi library annex, and NPO Artfull Action from November 1.
*Please note programs may change.

Participation fee

500 yen for each day
*Advance reservation required. Fee for 3-day participation is 1,000 yen.

How to reserve

Please apply using the online form, indicating your preferred date, time and event.
You can also apply via e-mail or telephone.
TEL:050-3627-9531 (until Thursday, November 16)

*Your personal information will only be used to send you information from the organizer about this event.


Artfull Action NPO
TEL: 050-3627-9531

Recall field trip information center
Place: (codolabo, 1F Chateau Koganei , 6-5-3 Honcho, Koganei City, Tokyo)
Opening times: Friday, November 17 18:30 — 22:00 / Sunday, 19 10:00 — 18:30
*Due to the Information Center being closed on the 18th, please contact us via the event-day reception telephone number below.
Hours: Friday, November 17 12:00 — 22:00 / Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 9:00 — 20:00


Koganei Art Spot Chateau 1F codolabo (6-5-3 Honcho, Koganei-shi, Tokyo)
Various locations in Koganei City


Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Koganei City, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Artfull Action NPO
Cooperated by
Photos (maps) are provided by Musashino-kara (from Musashino) Editorial Office
Assisted by
Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities, Agency for Cultural Affairs
Planned and produced by
Artfull Action NPO