Responding to the "Promise Park" that Moon unveiled in 2013, the YCAM staff has been conducting research together with invited guest researchers of respective fields such as cultural history, folklore, art history, media and architectural history, with the aim to find clues for discussing possible forms of parks in the future. The results were then presented in the form of a research showcase exhibition.
In addition to texts and other materials, a system using virtual reality (VR) technology for translating the results of studies and investigations into sensuously experienceable imagery, and other basic technologies that had been previously developed by the YCAM InterLab, were introduced during the exhibition period in demonstrations by members of the InterLab.
This was an attempt to trace the genealogy of "park" type spaces as they have existed in Japan since ancient times, with a view not only to the garden as the supposed prototype of the park, but to all kinds of situations in natural and urban settings, and with a focus on the presence of "stones" in both types of environments. The research activities included on-the-spot studies of various types of stones found in Yamaguchi City, which were eventually collected in a stone archive with the aim to examine the relationship between stones and people's lives on a rather microscopic level.
In their joint project, architectural historian Norihito Nakatani (Waseda University), horticulturist and landscape designer Takeshi Kinoshita (Chiba University) and urban / architectural historian Shigeatsu Shimizu (Kyoto Institute of Technology) conduct research in Japanese villages where people have been living and working since more than a thousand years. This time, a total of eleven researchers from different fields of expertise have conducted fieldwork in the Suzenji district in Yamaguchi City, focusing on geographical features and old folk houses in the settlement.