The Activist set up a meeting with me and a Tokyo newspaper to take photos of handbalancing (maybe photos in Ueno station with me doing the handstands in training clothes or my suit!) and an interview as well.
She really made this whole idea work all by yourself by using her contacts at the paper. They covered her work when she was in her early 20’s, meeting the pope, receiving writing awards, etc. Later, she wrote a weekly column for them. To this day they still cover her work. She said it was hard to promote my story since there is a business aspect to it unlike the grassroots, NGO, social projects she normally promotes.
Her first request was refused, but she re-pitched the idea to focus on my Japanese background and roots and my desire to bring a show to Japan – the timing is right because we are approaching the anniversary of the Expo and she has been pushing for the idea of profiling people realted to the Expo.
She’s hoping that I will tell them about how the Expo helped me to embrace my Japanese background and roots and inspired me to stay longer in Japan – and only then mention my future plans about making a show happen in Japan.
Her advice to me is to change how we approach people and the media to focus on a good story more than the business angle.