Telling down the memory of the city
An art project in the form of a booklet, initiated in 2014, based on the earlier ‘Lat/Long project’ from 2011. The project asks the question, ‘Where is the favorite place in your town?'”
Every year, this project presents the question to 11 residents of the town. Instead of crediting their names, the coordinates of latitude and longitude are used. This approach symbolises that all locations and personal sentiments towards the area hold equal value and contribute to shaping the town’s history, eliminating any sense of hierarchy.
Originally constructed in the 1970s as a “new town” residential area, the town has now transformed into a cherished “hometown” for multiple generations, accommodating families spanning three different age groups.
In 2017, I established the “MACHI no HANASHI Committee” in collaboration with local residents. Over time, this initiative evolved into a comprehensive “town history” project that captures the “process” of the town’s transformation into a hometown, as expressed through the voices of its inhabitants.
The project’s primary objective is to highlight that the present environment is not something to be taken for granted, but rather a result of the collective efforts of its residents. It aims to foster a sense of community spirit and engagement in town development. We aim to create a platform that preserves the town’s “past” and envisions its future, collectively led by individuals of all generations.
In the fiscal year 2021, we not only produced a booklet but also implemented a system called “Ear Town Walk.” This system, taking into consideration the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, allows everybody to download audio files of the Sound Walk works. They can then explore the town at their own pace, embarking on a self-guided tour while listening to these soundscapes. Additionally, permanent installations featuring QR codes have been placed at 12 locations throughout the town, known as “Listen to the MACHI no HANASHI”. These installations enable visitors to listen to narratives of the place in the voices of its residents. This setup ensures that everyone can readily access and preserve the “MACHI no HANASHIi” stories, akin to passing down folk tales for generations to come.
Published: vol.1 ~9
101 oral histories
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Planning: Kyoco Taniyama
Essay: Kyoco Taniyama
Photo: Kyoco Taniyama, Motoko Fujii, Misaki Koike
Proofreading: Motoko Fujii, Machiko, Henmi, Kenko Ito, Schiko Tani
Logo & book design: Daigo Nagamatsu
Printer: Fujiwara Printing co.,ltd.
Issuer: Machino-Hanashi executive committee
All of supporters since 2014 : AOBA+ART, Ishi Planning & Design Co., Utsukushigaoka Junior high school, Kanagawa News Paper, Kobayashi-Ryouiku-Gijyutu-Kenkyujo, Sankaku BASE, 3chome cafe, Jisedaikougai-Machizukuri, Showa ethical pharmacy, Sunazuka coffee shop, Central-sangyo Co.,Ltd., TAMAPLAZA Terrace, Utsukushigaoka-chubujichikai, Tokyu-dentetsu Araie center, Tokyu-dentetsu Tokuraku, Kaede Kindergarten affiliated with Toyo Eiwa University, Blue Door Coffee, Machinaka biz Aoba, Yokohama board of education, ROLLINS, WISE Living Lab, Town Stores supporters & MACHI no HANASHI executive committee