club and ring, handcrafted by Akira Miyano
The other day, I went to a juggling & dance studio named tasse in Morioka, which is run by a juggler Yuri Yamamura and his wife. Tasse opened in November with a store. In line with that, we have jointly developed juggling props for sales.
In the meeting for the production, we agreed that “a cool prop when worn out” is good. According to Yamamura, if there is a process where everything gets used and decays, juggling props have no decaying part. That’s exactly what I thought. Juggling props get constantly damaged and they are so expendable that it is difficult to use them for decades. When one keeps using it and the taste comes out, it suddenly breaks and you can not use it anymore.
So, what are the necessary elements for a prop that can decay? The first is to have a structure that is supposed to decay from the beginning (Materials, designs, etc.). The other thing is that it can be repaired by the user. Recently, a juggler Akira Miyano has been making props out of paper, which I think is an epoch-making achievement. This is because it is a structure that decays as a tool and he can keep repairing it at the same time. Similarly, Takuya Suzuki makes wooden rings and sticks and continues to use them. And indeed, their juggling is attractive. I feel that the step with props makes juggling richer.
It can be something simple like self-made balls. I hope there will be more juggling props that you can use for your entire life with care. If you use a prop that has your own story, I believe that it will expand the fun of juggling.
Translated by Naoya Aoki
This content was written for the PONTE’s mail magazine.