For the discussion about the close cover story of KOMA in TV, a stuff of a program production visited the factory of KOMA.
A pretty female in her early 20's.
According to her business card, her title is AD (Assistant Director).
Usually, ADs visit the factory to literally assist Directors.
However, this time, she visits us by herself.
She seemed to be very nervous saying, "How can I say, how can I say, from what I should start. This is the first time for me something like this."
He story would be following.
She happened to see the TV program named "7 rules" where KOMA was covered with special focus on our employee Maiko Takeuchi.
She seemed to have sympathy with Mai-chan who is struggling in man-oriented craftsman world given her similar experiences in man-oriented TV productions.
"Despite same age, Takeuchi-san has been showing excellent performance which looks cool, I have been struggling as the lowest level of stuffs. I need to change something myself."
So, she made her mind to produce her own project of a TV program.
"No one requires me to do it. This is the challenge of the lowest level of the employee."
She would like to make cover story of KOMA which influenced her, if she is going to do it.
When she talked to, her boss gave her a chance saying "Cover the story by yourself."
It is quite delightful story.
Then, the interview has been started.
She asked "What are great in KOMA ?"
I replied with kind of embarrassed
"Do you know the difference between mass production and crafts ?"
"Well, I guess I know it without details..."
"It would be difficult for hand crafted products to be understood, or recognized in the general market, which requires evaluations and track records, kinds of...."
"I am sorry I do not understand what is great about them.", she said.
"Well, it would be...."
I felt refreshed about her honesty.
I was delighted to observe for her enthusiasm trying to convey goodness of KOMA to her seniors with full understanding of it.
However, it would be difficult to explain.
Through interactions something like this, the Interview and associated demonstrations continued about tow hours.
It was a good lesson for me through I have re-realized how difficult to be understood by others.
Several days later, we had a call from her.
"I would like to explain more about KOMA to my supervisor ! Thus, I have additional questions !"
Her project proposal seemed to be well received, thus, she needs additional information for one step upper forum.
"Oh ! She is great !!"
We, KOMA members were also excited.
Several days later, she called KOMA again.
However, her voice sound kind of down.
As expressed as "We are supposed to make a good TV program !", the evaluations of her seniors were good and she has cleared upper steps.
When the project was almost to be signed off at the meeting where the president of her company participated as "Yes ! Let's proceed this !", an issue was identified.
One of assumed sponsors of this project has a conflict of the interest with the company which sponsored another TV program covering KOMA. The project was suddenly returned back to the drawing-board.
It would be disappointing, however, most challenges are something like this.
Just one time trial must not change the environment and infrastructure.
Actually, something inside oneself may be influenced.
It does not matter whether it is a sense of accomplishment or a sense of defeat.
The experiences of accepting results of challenges would change the environment.
Her words were really impressive;
"No one requires challenges from me, the lowest level of the employee."
Her words would be true although her supervisor was supposed to be pleased with her challenge.
Everyone starts from the lowest level of employees whom no one expects.
However, through continuous challenges, the number of others who expect you is supposed to increase, thus, responsibilities responding to their expectations may give you autonomy.
Challenges would be initiated by something selfish like one cannot be convinced, one would like to be evaluated by others.
It would not make sense to have been stressed out with attributed the fault to something and it would be waste of time.
Old men, who are excited to grumble about supervisors, companies, and politics in "Izakaya" restaurant, would not be necessarily bad as one of scene in an entertainment district at night, however, it seems to be very tired and would be good to avoid to join them.
She seemed to be very disappointed, however, she made the following comments at the last.
"Mr. Matsuoka, you looks so cool ! Please wait for me to make your closely covering story in the future !"
I was too delighted to hear it.
My craftsman carrier in furnitures is paid off given such comments from a young lady.
The past has made the present, while a half of the past is made by the present.
Because about a half of bitter memories of the past will be funny story if the present tome is good.
"I will never disappoint her in the future", which would appropriately justify challenges.
And, the celebrating party accomplishment of it would be really fun.
Given encounters through the job which implies such interesting futures , the job would be fun.
The picture above is the most memorable thing in the first week of the December.
We are making specially ordered "tie chair 2017".
I was able to realize my skills in small planes and/or blades have been improved in 6 months.
And I taught Mai-chan Takeuchi it.