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Go over the wall Go over the wall

The meaning of conquering a barrier in the context of life

Whenever the Olympic season comes around and I root for the Japanese athletes, I realize that my emotional involvement is almost obsessive.
Why do I attach so much meaning to victory?
I think it is because I want to praise the athletes for conquering a barrier in their own way.
People that see someone else overcoming a barrier view that person with favor and become inspired.
The person who conquered the barrier can feel the positive energy from others and experience great joy from it.

I believe that, regardless of age and position in society, everyone has a number of barriers that he or she needs to overcome. The obstacles are both inevitable and necessary.

In my 49 years of life, I have overcome many barriers.
I would get distressed and ruminate. Every time I hit a wall, I would look at it and think of ways to approach it.

Now that I think back on my life, I’d always enjoyed throwing a ball at a wall since right up to adolescence.
I don’t remember at all what I was thinking while I was doing it, but I do remember that I would continue to throw the ball almost every day until I was ready to crash into bed.
The cement block wall under a dim street light would bounce back my ball.

This changed into playing tennis when I entered college.
I would take a tennis racket to Komazawa Park, which was close to my apartment.
This was also almost always around midnight.
I remember the huge wall and how the street lights welcomed me.

These memories come back to me like music.
They play a sentimental melody against the rhythm of my heartbeat.

I think people grow each time they overcome a barrier.
Each barrier continues to connect with the current self because of the cherished memory and the prize.

There has been something on my mind for the last few years.
Practice walls, the walls at which people can throw balls without any restraint, are disappearing from parks in Japan.
I wonder if the wall at Komazawa Park is still there.

At least, we didn’t use to see youngsters quietly throwing a ball against the wall at night at our headquarters in Yokkaichi City.
I thought to myself, “Well, I guess it makes sense because we don’t have any walls.”

But things have changed since a few years ago. This month, a park was established, complete with wall.
It was built right by the entrance of our company property so anyone can use it.
It is called The Wall Park.
Unless for a good reason, no one will yell at you, so feel free to use it.
It is well lit so you can also come at midnight if you like.

August 2012

Author: Susumu Kawaguchi

Chairman & CEO

Nutri Co., Ltd.

Illustrator: Nakajo Junichi