Returning to Tokyo was indeed pleasant, my last visit was just over 2 years back to this part of the town. The welcome party was great with the familiar taste of sake. The next day was straight into work, visiting the residents and small business below, everyone over 60 to 85 of age and all going strong. The next days was senior centres of Yuyukan and Kagayakitei.
The research that I normally would have to do for a few weeks can now be cut short as I could draw into the various activities ad interviews that was conducted in the earlier projects. Although these activities was performed and undertaken from a modernist perspectives, all I need to do are consultations with the residents to validate the findings. These was undertaken in multiple instances such as visits, event such as the event on providing participants a platform to articulate their personal illness and difficulties faced in caring for elderly relatives, held in octave café, workshops on postcards watercolour paintings and GO sessions in Kagayakitei and exercises and English sessions in YuyuKan. I was also treated to a tour of the Oguikubo junior high school during a Saturday session of collaboration with NPOs in organising activities to introduce to first year students, knowledge on the conditions and difficulties in mobility of an elderly person.
Our consultative processes with residents and users of the senior centres now move on to the next phase to identify the best platform and medium to portray the issues that would be given attention for our coming public activities to gather attention, motivate and expand support and to initiate longer term engagement with fellow and new participants. I also bought to our group the attention to articles on contemporary art practice that recognise our activities situated in the field of socially engaged and public participatory art as a growing form of contemporary practice. See these links to the article from 2012 and 2014.