Sunday Interviewers is a recreational project involving people from the ‘lost generation’ exploring where they are now through 8mm film showing Setagaya in the Showa era. Members gather once a month online to think about the times they live in now through watching and discussing scenes of the local lifestyle and culture captured on 8mm film. We are currently recruiting project members for fiscal 2022.
Please participate in a briefing session before applying.
– In principle, people from the “lost generation”(born between around 1970 – 1982)
– People who have someone in mind they would like to interview
– People with connections to Setagaya (born there/live there/work there, etc.)
– People interested in the Showa era
– People interested in the 8mm film medium
Details of activities
In three steps (watch, talk, listen) over one month, participants will look at one of the 84 video titles recorded on the website Setagaya Chronicle 1936-83. Please visit the Sunday Interviewers website for activity details and a record of initiatives to date.
*Online workshops will comprise a total of 7 sessions of approximately 90 minutes each
*Communication with members will be conducted mainly via Slack and Zoom
Online Workshop 1
Sunday, July 24, 2022 10:00 – 11:30
First half: Self-introductions
Second half: Talking session, film No. 31 “Job transfer to Tokyo”
Online Workshop 2
Sunday, August 28, 2022 10:00 – 11:30
First half: Listening session, film No. 31 “Job transfer to Tokyo”
Second half: Talking session, film No. 69 “New department store opening ceremony”
Online Workshop 3
Sunday, September 25, 2022 10:00 – 11:30
First half: Listening session, film No. 69 “New department store opening ceremony”
Second half: Talking session, film No. 51 “Shinkansen (bullet train) test drive”
Online Workshop 4
Sunday, October 23, 2022 10:00 – 11:30
First half: Listening session, film No. 51 “Shinkansen (bullet train) test drive”
Second half: Talking session, film No. 24 “Inokashira Park”
* An optional-participation program is planned for the afternoon (13: 00-
Online Workshop 5
Sunday, November 27, 2022 10:00 – 11:30
First half: Listening session, film No. 24 “Inokashira Park”
Second half: Talking session, film No. 48 “No.1”
Online Workshop 6
Sunday, December 25, 2022 10:00 – 11:30
First half: Listening session, film No. 48 “No.1”
Second half: Review
Online Workshop 7
Sunday, January 22, 2023 10:00 – 11:30
*Schedule and activity details are subject to change in line with the progress of activities.
Around 10 people (In the case of over-subscription, applicants will be selected through screening)
Free of charge (Participants are responsible for internet costs incurred through participation in online workshops)
In order to participate in activities
Firstly, please register for one of the briefing sessions before taking part in the workshops
– Online briefing A/Sunday, July 3, 2022 10:00 – 11:00
– Online briefing B/ Monday, July 4, 2022 19:00 – 20:00
*Contents are the same for both briefings.
*Please register to attend briefings using the form here.
*Pre-registration for the briefings closes at 23:59 on Friday, July 1.
*Those who have preregistered for the briefings will be invited to a Zoom meeting.
*Briefing sessions will be held as Zoom meetings (in which participants can see each other), but you may turn off the camera as necessary.
*If you have any questions or concerns, please include them when filling out the application form.
*If you are unable to attend a briefing, please contact the office below.
*Your personal information will be handled as strictly confidential, and used only to send you information from the organizer about this event.
Q1: I’m not from the “lost generation” but may I still participate?
A1: Yes. “Lost generation” participants are desirable, but it is not a necessity.Each participant’s interest in this project is more important.
Q2: Why are people from the “lost generation” the subject of this project?
A2: One of the reasons is that we want to try and reconsider the 8mm film medium that became popular between 1955 and 1975 not from the perspective of the generation of the photographer looking through the viewfinder, but from the perspective of the generation of the subjects seen through the viewfinder. Another reason is that the motive for many people shooting 8mm film at that time was to make and leave a record of children’s growth, and we believe that there are overlaps between the age group of those photographers with the current lost generation (around 38-50 years old).
Q3: What sort of person should I interview?
A3: Please approach someone you would like to take time interviewing. However, under the circumstances with coronavirus the act of interviewing may essentially be difficult. In that case you could think about your own experiences or ask for anecdotes from someone close to you like a family member or friend. There was actually a case in the 2021 project of someone interviewing themselves.
Q4: Is it OK if I don’t have any connection to Setagaya?
A4: Yes, you can still participate. It is desirable for participants to have some sort of involvement with Setagaya such as living or working there, but it is not a necessity. Each participant’s interest in this project is more important.
Q5: There are some days when I simply cannot attend the online workshops.
A5: It is a condition for participation that you attend all workshops, but if you are unable to attend, please contact the office in advance.
Project office [Archive for Human Activities (AHA!) Project]