Sunday, February 28, 2010


Naoto Kan?  The new Japanese Finance Minister?  No, no, I don't know him, neither do I have any encounter with him.  The Naoto that I am going to introduce here is a street performer at Ueno Park, Tokyo. 

I went to Ueno Park on a weekday afternoon.  The park was mostly empty with very few tourists.  The park is full of street performances on weekends, but on a weekday, no, hardly any, and Naoto was one of the two performers I saw that afternoon.

His Yoyo performance and some street dance performance was quite impressive to my untrained eyes.  A picture is worth a thousand words, so I will let you see his performance for yourself.

Even though it was a weekday afternoon, there was still a small crowd being attracted to his show.  At the end of the show, just like any other street performance, our Naoto-san asked the audience for donations, contributions to his work.  A Japanese grandmum was so impressed by Naoto that she couldn't even wait till Naoto finished his 'speech', she walked out of the crowded and went forward to put down a thousand yen into the collection box.  

Being a street performer is not an easy job.  Sometimes you have some audiences, sometimes you have to perform to nobody but thin air.  
Do you see here Naoto was sparing no efforts to perform but there wasn't a single supporter?  Being an entertainer means you will inevitably have to deal with both success and hardship, lots of it.
If you happen to visit Ueno Park in Tokyo, do give our Naoto-san your support.  

To get to Ueno Park, you can alight at Ueno station.  Ueno Park is just a stone's throw away from Ueno station. 

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