Let´s Learn Japanese! / Lass uns Japanisch lernen! 1978-1985 (2022)
A Hopefull Departure

Voices in the conversation: Christine and Seiichi Furuya, 1978

Photographs: All photographs were taken with Kodak Pocket Instamatic camera between October 1978 and July 1985, primarily by Christine Furuya Goessler. The photographs of Christine herself were taken by Seiichi Furuya and their son, Komyo.

Screening time: 19 minutes

Produced: 2019

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The birth of this work, "Let’s Learn Japanese! 1978-1985", all began with the attic cleanup process.

Early in the New Year 2018, I went through in detail the contents of the cardboard boxes of various sizes that had been left in the attic for decades, and at the same time organized them by content. The main goal was to finally organize and preserve Christine's belongings. Among the movie films and diary, I also found the pocket camera films and audio cassette tapes that made this work possible. It was a vivid record of past temporal life activities that until then had not existed in my memory at all.

In October 1978, I received a pocket camera as a promotional item from KODAK at the Photokina trade fair in Cologne. At the time, Christine was working a part-time vacation job at the Wienerwald restaurant in Böblingen. After finishing my work at Photokina, I visited Christine in Böblingen, and together we returned to Graz by train. The photograph she took of me on the train while it was stopped at the Stuttgart station became the first one taken by Christine with her pocket camera.  I gave her this pocket camera as a gift. She took photographs occasionally in 1978 and frequently after the birth of our son Komyo in 1981. And from June 1982 to May 1984, while the family was in Vienna, she did not take a single photograph. She was busy studying theater; in March 1985, she resumed taking pictures with her pocket camera again in Venice, and about until July, she had taken many photographs in East Berlin, her last place of residence.

From 1979 until June 1982, Christine worked at the Graz office of the Austrian national broadcaster. She sometimes recorded her own documentaries for radio broadcast on cassette tapes at home. Along with these tapes, this tape of us studying Japanese together was also found. I had no recollection of this lesson or that it was ever recorded; In 1978, shortly after we met, Christine was eagerly learning Japanese, mainly as an autodidact. I did little to help her. I had no recollection of this lesson or that it was ever recorded.he had read my impatient, short-tempered nature.?After that, she stopped asking me for help and gradually lost interest in the Japanese language.

From 1979 until June 1982, Christine worked at the Graz office of the Austrian national broadcaster. She sometimes recorded her own documentaries for radio broadcast on cassette tapes at home. Along with these tapes, this tape of us studying Japanese together was also found. I had no recollection of this lesson or that it was ever recorded; In 1978, shortly after we met, Christine was eagerly learning Japanese, mainly as an autodidact. I did little to help her. She had read my impatient, short-tempered nature. After that, she stopped asking me for help and gradually lost interest in the Japanese language.

S.F.

2019


East Berlin 1985
© Komyo Furuya
East Berlin 1985
© Komyo Furuya