By Hajime / Special to The Yomiuri Chukosei ShimbunHey, readers, Hajime here, one last time. Since this is the final installment of this column, I thought I’d compose my thoughts about a few things.
First, the fan meet-and-greet I had at Yomiuriland [an amusement park in Inagi, Tokyo] last month.
We YouTubers usually talk to our viewers through our smartphones or computers. So for me, it was an invaluable experience getting to meet my fans face-to-face. It really helped me see just how passionate they are about what I do.
The world of YouTubing is ruled by numbers, like how many views you can get on your videos and how many subscribers you can get. But YouTube can’t tell you what those viewers are thinking when they watch your videos, how much they really like what you’re doing. It’s been a while since I did a meet-and-greet, so I was kind of worried about it. But a lot of people came out for it. It made me really happy and gave me courage about what I’m doing.
When I think about it, you could call this column another way for me to reach out to you guys besides my videos. My videos are mostly just goofy, but I feel like I could talk about more serious stuff in this column and tell you about stuff I can’t in my videos.
Before wrapping up this column, I once again realize how important it is for me to keep doing the stuff that I like. I’ve been doing this as a YouTuber, and looking back on what I’ve talked about in this column, I hope you take away that idea, too.
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Hajime, 25, comes from Toyama Prefecture. He is a YouTuber with more than 5 million subscribers on his account (www.youtube.com/user/0214mex). His videos have a unique twist and 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 Japanese text and the translation will be carried alongside each other in the paper on the final Friday of every month.