Breaking the mold at TED

For the TED conference, TED asked me to “Please share your story behind your great performance.” My talk got an even better reception than my act. VIP attendees came up to me afterwards, one after the other, to share their stories with me: “I’ve also had various ups and downs until today. Your story is the same as mine, and I couldn’t listen to it without tears in eyes. Thank you very much.” “In the future, society will be built by the young generation. Their education, the process to becoming an adult is extremely important to making a better society. If they could find their passion like you, it will support growth in their lives. We’d like you to help us in the education field.”

I was very surprised. In the beginning, everything started from the selfish wish “I want to be a hero,” born from the dream “to change the public’s image of the Yo-Yo.” While listening to the TEDsters, I realized that “I’ve become a person who can not only help the Yo-Yo community, but many more people as well.”

After I returned to Japan, I started focusing on my talks as well as my performance activities. “I want to help many people” became a driving force. A year later, in April 2014, a mail suddenly arrived that was an abrupt realization of my dreams.