Besides PM Juggling, I run a website called pizzamawashi.com. Actually, I started it before PM Juggling. I happened to watch pizza spinning on TV in 2008, and I thought it would be fun to develop it from a juggling point of view. On pizzamawashi.com, we mainly sell rubber dough which is a practice tool for pizza spinning, and also we put a list of tricks with videos, and hold a practice meeting sometimes.
Speaking of which, the best thing I’ve got through pizza spinning was the connection with people.
The early practice sessions were held in Okegawa, and Wako in Saitama, which are far from the center. However, those who bought the pizza rubber from us were so eager to get better after buying it, so some of them actually came to the meeting even though it was very far. I was a little surprised because I was even prepared to see no one coming at all.
Among many participants, there were also those who were working in restaurants including pizzeria, and I met some types of people I had never met before. Since I had just graduated from college, had not been employed, and had no ordinary working experience, I learned a lot from exchanges with such participants. I went to learn tap dancing with some of them too, which was fun. We met through practice sessions, and I still continue to hang out with them.
The Internet and props connect people. Now I know that when these two things are combined, it is even more effective and exciting. This experience with pizzamawashi.com has affected a lot for developing the activities of PM Juggling, which is the main thing I work on currently. When it comes to selling props, the image of money comes first, and of course that is not wrong at all, but for me, it’s also a way to get connected with people.
Translated by Naoya Aoki
This post was written for the PONTE’s e-zine.