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HAJIME’S VIDEO LAB / Going back to the origins of video making

Courtesy of Hajime

Hajime, left, and Takumi are seen in one of Hajime’s videos.

By Hajime / Special to The Yomiuri Chukosei ShimbunI have a friend who has recently joined me in video making.

His name is Takumi, and he has produced videos with me in the past. Now, I’ve asked him once again to work together.

I took a monthlong break from video production this spring. During that time, I gave some thought to myself as a YouTuber.

I originally started YouTubing because I simply wanted to capture footage of my favorite things. As I continued, however, I found myself gaining a lot of attention. And I also realized that I had been completely unable to keep up with the changes.

At the same time, I thought that my life had become just about output for the past few years, and that I couldn’t take in new things to help me mature.

I asked Takumi to join me so I could return to my roots. To tell you the truth, I initially produced videos in a group called Hajime Company. By returning to the same style as back then, I’m hoping to take a fresh look at what I really want to capture in my videos. I also think I can broaden the scope of my work by adding the perspective of my friend.

To my fans, I hope you will look forward to seeing how my videos evolve as I change my style.

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Hajime, 24, comes from Toyama Prefecture. He is a YouTuber with more than 5 million subscribers to his account (www.youtube.com/user/0214mex). His physical and experimental videos are very popular, particularly among young people.

This article is a translation of the Hajime column that appeared last Friday in The Yomiuri Chukosei Shimbun, a weekly paper for junior high and high school students. The original text, in Japanese, and the translation will be carried alongside each other in the paper on the final Friday of every month.Speech

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