I’ve been making suede bean bags since 2018. Unlike the leather used in ordinary bean bags, it is fluffy and smooth to touch, and also it feels good to throw. When I was comparing the prototypes, it occurred to me that juggling was also a medium for enjoying the texture of materials. Through juggling, I was actually finding out new textures.
We see and touch objects in our daily lives, but when we juggle, there is a certain quality that is only felt through juggling. Not only the shape and the weight, but also the strength and the warmth of objects that cannot be put into words well.
I had that feeling when I was playing yo-yo in my childhood. When you play yo-yo, you get so much information about what’s happening through your fingers, such as characteristics of the model, the twist of the string, and changes in the condition of the oil. You recognize the texture of props through tricks, and it keeps changing every moment. As a child, I was thrilled with that sensation which I had never experienced before.
I think the reason why I started juggling after yo-yo was because I was looking for the same feeling. I was more interested in using various props than in mastering particular ones. I liked simple techniques like Cascade, and I enjoy it enough. I used to have a complex of not having any specialized prop or high skill despite the fact that I had been juggling for quite a long time, but now when I think about it, learning basics was enough for me. Rather, with simpler tricks it is easier to enjoy the texture of materials more delicately.
Now, not only when I juggle, but also when I make juggling props I enjoy the texture of materials. Even before I try them, the process to craft props is somehow related to juggling. When I craft juggling props, I always imagine how it’s going to feel to juggle them in the end. For me, everything is connected from the beginning to the end.
Translated by Naoya Aoki
This post was written for the PONTE’s e-zine.