It was 2004. When I finally entered university after taking the entrance exam for the third time, I felt confident that I could finally juggle as much as I wanted. Naturally, I wanted to do some activities related to juggling at the university, but there was no juggling club at the university I entered. Therefore, I founded a juggling club by myself, and it was called “Jugglart”.
I persuaded the people I was with in the first year’s seminar to join the club, then in the end around 5 people agreed and I managed to start. I booked a practice space and I was so excited to get started! However, not everyone was interested in juggling, and I was basically the only one that was juggling seriously, and others were just chilling out, having some food, and reading comics. I had been thinking that “People simply don’t know how fun juggling is, but once they do, they will be fascinated.” but then I realized that that’s not necessarily the case…
For the time being, they did everything they could to learn cascade, but basically it became a gathering that I didn’t know could be called a juggling gathering anymore that I was the only one practicing. Still, I think it became a community that everyone was feeling comfortable with to some extent. Sometimes I got some offers to perform and I went to do a show by myself. Some of the members would often come to watch my performance, and I felt encouraged by that too.
On the other hand, I strongly felt that I couldn’t make the juggling friends that I wanted to make. In that sense, on the contrary, I felt more and more lonely. I think it was why I insisted on juggling without getting a job after graduating from university. If I had joined a big juggling club back then, I would have lived a different life. You never know what will happen in life, really.
Translated by Naoya Aoki
This post was written for the PONTE’s e-zine.