Essential questions that emerged after a long relationship with each other
─ You’ve created a Creative Commons library, have been thinking in terms of having visitors discover things while on the island, and created the kind of booklet that people will take home with them. You’ve created something that will remain, that will carry on, even after the project has ended, and it’s all very well thought out. Where did the idea about all of this carrying on into the future come from?
Well, it didn’t just bubble up from somewhere inside me. After lots of drinking and talking with Shuntaro Kosasa and Takahiro Onaga from Ishigaki City Office and with people from Ishigaki, and after taking part in various activities, we got the sense of what wouldn’t work and what we’d like to try. It kind of emerged naturally like that. It’s not that I was specifically required to create something sustainable.
Of course, I’d also like to continue with this, if it’s possible. But a three-year milestone is major, and so I was also in favor of bringing the project to a close for now. On the Ishigaki City Office side, they had some concerns about whether they could continue the project or not, so I thought in terms of a project scale that could be continued without too much trouble in terms of budget and resources.
─ I expect that it was also a good idea to not over-determine the goal. If you have an aim and set a goal for everyone to go for, I get the feeling a lot of good ideas are just not going to come up.
We’re not talking about what you make the deliverables. We didn’t make the booklet because we were asked to. Rather, we had a large-scale aim that we shared, and to fulfill that, we realized that we’d best create a booklet. With a standard job, things don’t usually go like this, but we'd been communicating rather frequently over the three years of the project—so much so that project team member would send job-related messages using LINE (laughs).
But when you’re in this kind of close communication over a long time, I feel that you naturally come to a reach common ground in terms of what it is that you are making and the essentials that need to be thought about.
─ I see. So the essential questions emerged after this long-term exchange. The project has come to an end for the time being, although it looks like it will continue on in some way.