• Finished

Seeking activity members: Sunday Interviewers

  • Art Project ,
  • Others

Collecting “voices” from the lost generation (preparation)

What did you like, and dislike?
When did you laugh, and cry?
What made you happy, and what hurt you?
I want to know more,
About you.

8mm film, lying in the closet at home. In it is documented life and street scenes in Setagaya during the Showa period from the perspective of townspeople. “Moving Archive Center in Setagaya|GAYA” is a project archiving the oral history of the people of that era, using 16 hours of home movies (*) collected since 2015 from around Setagaya City and digitalized as a record of everyday life and culture.

For this project we are recruiting activity members (Sunday Interviewers) who will find people whose stories they would personally like to hear. Members will then use 16 hours of home movie playback to extract the interviewees’ life histories and summarize them. This fiscal year, as preparation for this project we will provide participants with the opportunity to share their interests and learn the necessary techniques.

The subjects for this project are people from the “lost generation” (in principle people born between 1970 and 1982).They could be relatives, people from the workplace, neighbors….Listening to the stories of other people not only encourages understanding of the person being interviewed, but should also lead to more self-knowledge. It involves connecting the era before one was born with the era one lives in. We’d like to share that opportunity with you.

*As part of the “an-archive” project, results will be made public on the website “Setagaya Chronicle 1936-83” as a selection of video footage based on 8mm film that has been amassed and digitalized.
(Organized by Lifestyle Design Center, Setagaya Cultural Foundation, planning and production by remo [record, expression and medium-organization]).



  • In principle, people born between around 1970 – 1982 (*required)
  • People able to attend full-day monthly workshops (*required)
  • People who meet at least one of the conditions below:
    -People interested in the Showa era
    -People interested in the 8mm film medium
    -People interested in Setagaya the place
    -People who have someone in mind they would like to interview

Details of activities
Participation in monthly workshops

  • Once a month we will hold workshops each of about 3.5 hours long (please see Schedule below for schedule)
  • For each workshop members will take home some simple individual work and share it at the next workshop
  • Includes sessions for learning and discussing techniques with a guest speaker
  • The group will use an instant messaging platform like Slack for smooth information sharing

Period of activity
December 2019 – March 2020

Schedule (4 workshops)
1.Introductory meeting
Members meet each other for the first time and organizers share the plans and purposes of the project in more detail.
Sunday, December 22,2019 13:00 – 16:30
Meeting Room 105, Setagaya Monozukuri School

2.Finding people to interview
Together with a guest speaker we think about how to find people to interview.
Sunday (public holiday), January 13,2020 13:00 – 16:30
Seminar Room B, 5F, Lifestyle Design Center

3.Interviewing contributors
Together with a guest speaker we think about how to interview contributors.
Sunday, February 23, 2020 13:00 – 16:30
Workshop Room A, 4F, Lifestyle Design Center

4.Summarizing interviews
We review workshop sessions so far, and think about how to summarize interviews.
Sunday, March 1, 2020 13:00 – 16:30
Workshop Room A, 4F, Lifestyle Design Center

*We may conduct extra non-scheduled field work in line with the progress of scheduled activities.

Around 10 people
*In the case of over-subscription, applicants will be selected through screening.

Participation fee
Free of charge
*Does not include transportation costs etc. associated with participation in this project.

Activity venue
Lifestyle Design Center, Setagaya Culture Life Information Center(Carrot Tower, 4-1-1 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo), other multiple venues in Setagaya City will also be utilized.

Application period
Friday, November 22 – Sunday, December 8 2019
Please apply using the form here.


We explain the project “Moving Archive Center in Setagaya|GAYA” and member activities in detail.

Date/time: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 19:00 – 20:30
Venue: Seminar Room B, Lifestyle Design Center, Setagaya Culture Life Information Center (5F Carrot Tower, 4-1-1 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo)
Speaker: Atsushi Matsumoto (remo – record, expression and medium organization member / Archive for Human Activities(AHA!) Project manager)
Participation fee: Free of charge (no advance registration required)
Capacity: 20


remo [record, expression and medium-organization]


Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), remo [record, expression and medium-organization], Lifestyle Design Center, Setagaya Cultural Foundation
Operated by
AHA! [Archive for Human Activities] Project