I bought a ticket for EJC2019 (European Juggling Convention) which will be held in England this August. At first I thought it would be difficult to go because I’m raising a child, but thankfully my wife gave me a supportive push, so I decided to go. I also thought this year would be the best time to introduce our activities outside of Japan.
I joined EJC in 2013. I witnessed the scale and the “wildness” of the European juggling scene. It made me think that the juggling I had been seeing in Japan was still a small part of the wider world. It was fun to set up my own tent and get into the ocean of foreign languages, sometimes feeling alone and sometimes feeling connected. After the event, I reinforced this idea that juggling is an activity that transcends race, and I began to think about how to relate to juggling from a broader perspective.
It has been a while since my last EJC. How has the scene changed? What kind of props do they use, and create? What do they think about our props? As a manufacturer, I would like to bring something back to Japan from my own perspective. To do this, I want to have my props and ideas on juggling ready, and also I would like to talk with a lot of jugglers with interesting ideas. When I think about it, I feel like I have a lot to do by summer, and I’m starting to enjoy it.
In fact I was surprised that I felt this excited, just by buying a ticket for EJC. It was a good idea to have decided to go at early point. When you have an exciting goal, your daily life starts to look a little different.
Translated by Naoya Aoki
This post was written for the PONTE’s e-zine.