Nao from PONTE team joined a juggling festival in Sendai (Northern Japan).
This event has quite a long history as a juggling convention in Japan, since early 2000’s, when juggling was still its dawn in our country.
The festival site was near from Sendai central station, at a hall in a department store which I found a bit strange, but the hall was nice anyway.
Sendai main station
The event is organized by Mr.Hongo, who has his own production office “HogonoProffiCe”.
It was so nice having those talented guest performers, Hachiro (juggler), and Mami Kanoh (mime).
Hachiro’s fluid juggling style is remarkable, which I think should be known a bit more around the world!
cf.) Hachiro (Ball juggler)
“A few years ago, in the event there were only like 20-30 jugglers from Tohoku, but now more than 50, including those from Tokyo. Still, its cosy atmosphere has not changed” said the main organizers.
It was, indeed a very relaxed convention.
Opening show was delayed for 30 minutes, and yet juggling session with Hachiro, Keisuke Yuki, and a musician Daichi Nambu was flawless, and mime act featuring some Japanese anime by Mami Kanoh was just hilarious.
Most of the time, it was free practice session, so we just juggled, talked to each other, and had lunch together(Sendai is famous for good beef tongue, and of course I tried it, well, woo, it was extra delicious).
It had also a performance contest, which hosted 8 jugglers, and a performance by Mr.Hongo and his beloved daughter Momoka-chan.
The winner was a Tani&Kyo’s pair juggling.
In this YouTube era, maybe the meaning of a convention as a opportunity to exchange their technique is less, yet Hogono Expo this time taught me again the joy of juggling, and the meaning of a convention as just an opportunity to “meet” people. And having a good speciality food.