Last night, Fuji TV aired a special on hanami (Japanese meaning “flower viewing”). They focused on foreigners in Japan for the event. I visited Ueno Park on Saturday to do some filming of my own and the Fuji TV crew took notice of me.

I made sure to turn this into something big.

While I was filming, they approached me and asked if they could follow me. I said ‘sure’ and we walked along the park. They asked me questions about who I was, where i’m from, and what I was doing. I answered them all and talked to them about my Youtube stuff. They were starstruck.

They featured my channel on Japanese television and what I was all about. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make the cut but judging by the picture above, I made it.

Prior to the day at the park, I had a brief meeting with Japanese porn star Hitomi Tanaka. I met her at an event in Akihabara and we talked for about 5 minutes before she had to sign more autographs. I bring her up because the featured image above is her Twitter post. She helped give me a wider audience. This is an example of making your money work for you.

Being on Japanese television is
another stepping stone.

While I am GLAD I was on Japanese TV, it doesn’t mean much to me right now. I got more exposure by just being me and being at the right place at the right time. Hitomi showing me to her fans was a plus.

Since I got all of this exposure, what can I do now? Continue to do what i’ve always done: make YouTube movies and build businesses up through my works. I got a new audience and only hope they can see people like me in a different light.

Years ago, I would have stopped here.

I was in a similar position when I interviewed Waveya back in 2013. On my old channel, I got over 350k views within a month and hundreds of subscribers. What did I do afterwards? I sold out for free. Literally.

A K-pop website in Australia approached me and asked me to interview singers. They also asked me to make videos on Korea. I did this free like an idiot. Well, calling myself an idiot isn’t fair. At the time, I really thought doing things like that was the proper thing to do. After all: the baby boomers couldn’t be wrong.

For eight months, I put in probably $80k worth of work to this company. They were getting paid while I was getting nothing.

I was miserable because I let an outside source kill my momentum.

Once I left Korea and stopped doing regular updates, I lost my fanbase. I tried again in September 2015 and i’m starting to see the fruits of my labor. All I had to do was to never stop.

This site and Pop Over Asia is the beginning.

I expect to experience more amazing things in my life time. Right now, I want to get the word out to never stop improving. If you get something really good, that’s awesome. Always strive for higher or strive to maintain what you have because it can go away at ANY time.

Peace and love always!
Shaun