Buugeng, Fire performer. from Japan
I was born in the summer of 1977, in the mountains of Kochi Prefecture, Japan. When I was a young boy playing in the river, I wished to grow up to be different than the average person. I left my parent’s home when I was 15, and first left Kochi at the age of 18. I moved to Tokyo and began working as a cook at a steakhouse. From that time, I was filled with the ambition to live abroad. It was not that I thought Japan to be uninteresting. Rather, it was just that I wanted to experience the world with my own eyes. And so in February of 1999, I flew to London with a brand new life’s passport in hand. At that time, I was 21 years old, and I didn’t just want to live in a foreign country. I wanted to sleep outdoors in a foreign country. I couldn’t speak English and I wandered aimlessly through London sleeping in parks for 2 months, being shaken awake and driven out by police on horses. And through living this experience, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the ways of an unknown foreign world. Then came a great discovery in my life— my introduction to the world of juggling and fire dancing. Juggling and fire dancing went above and beyond all the pleasures I had known up to that point in my life.