Hello, everyone. Shibasaki here. It’s been a while since I last met you. In my previous video, I discussed my health issues and concerns about how many times my videos were viewed. In this video, I want to discuss my current health condition, my thoughts on the messages from you, and my future plans. As for my health conditions, you may speculate from my voice. Last time I was about to lose my voice. Now I can speak normally as you see. Thanks to you, my strength has recovered. I still have difficulty moving my hand, however… …and am still taking tests at a major hospital. But my strength helps me speak to you like this again. I think I will continue painting with my right hand as always. So that’s about my health. So many people have worried about me. I have also received a lot of get-well wishes. Arigato! Another topic is my concerns that I discussed in my previous video. A truly great number of people sent me messages. That video alone received over 9,000 messages. Including the comments related to the topic that were sent to my other videos, a total of over 10,000 people sent me messages and expressed worries. I was seriously more than surprised… Oh…. The number of messages was beyond my expectation. It took me days and days to finish all the messages. Again I express my gratitude to all of you. Arigato! Each of you wrote a message much longer than usual… …to seriously respond to my personal concerns. It took me a while to summarize 10,000 messages and sum up my thoughts. But at last. I’m not sure if it’s appropriate to summarize a lot of messages. But I did so to make it easier to discuss it. The messages were classified roughly into three groups, and I’ll talk about them. The discussion started with my concern about my videos for super beginners. While the number of subscribers exceed 400,000, the number of views of the super beginner sessions was hovering around 10,000 or 20,000. That made me worry if my voice has reached the viewers. That was what the video was about. One group of responders affirmed that these super beginner sessions were very useful. Some say they were never able to find good teachers or textbooks on watercolor painting…, …but that my YouTube videos were extremely detailed and easy to understand. They continue that I can stop making these videos temporarily if my health is an issue, but suggest I never quit… that I should continue super beginner sessions if possible. Such supportive messages were delivered. As I read them, I… I was stunned to know, and happily confirmed that there were people eagerly waiting for my videos for super beginners. That was one group of people. The next major group of responders comment that they don’t paint very much but that they still look forward to my videos… …that they make them feel very happy 🙂 Those are the opinions from this group of people. That surprised me. I never thought all these 400,000 people actually paint…, …but the messages reassured me, that there are more people than I thought that don’t paint but still enjoy my YouTube videos. The messages from this group truly vary. Some people say that they subscribed but watched only one video. Some say that they have been too busy, and only watched two or three videos but may watch more in the future. These people also tell me not to quit. Others say they can sleep well if they hear my voice before going to bed. A great many people tell me that it’s just nice to see my paintings, and my figure and hear my voice. Like I said, these people agree they don’t view all my videos. I was really stunned to hear that. I assumed that each and every subscriber would watch all the videos I created, but that was not it. Now I think of it, it all sounds natural. I was convinced. And the last group of people… …these people sympathize with my health conditions, but they themselves are in poor health… …or in a serious pain daily. Some people are feeling sick in the hospital, but find my videos somewhat relaxing. Some cannot walk due to their poor health conditions… …but watching me going somewhere for sketching makes them feel like they have come with me, and they feel pleased. Or my fun cooking videos remind them of the times when they used to cook in the kitchen. There were opinions like them. Other than these three groups of messages, there were messages from young people, maybe junior high school students or teenagers, like grandchildren to me… …saying “Cheer up, grandpa!” “I understand how you feel, but perk up!” “I am painting to be like you when I grow up.” After reading all these messages, I realized something. I really enjoyed painting in the beginning, and I still enjoy painting. But I realized there was something I was forgetting little by little during these times. I’ve spent a lot of time as an instructor teaching how to paint in as simple a way as possible. I think I was trying too hard trying to show people the simplest, and most useful possible ways of painting in these videos for super beginners. Because of that core purpose of showing easy painting methods, I think I got confused with the 10,000 or 20,000 views. But a lot of comments reminded me that 10,000 views is actually great… …saying, “Don’t you realize that 10,000 or 20,000 views is not easy to achieve!?” Reading these messages, I terribly regretted and remembered… …that I was extremely happy when 10,000 people subscribed to my channel, after I started posting videos on YouTube. Your comments reminded me that I have almost lost or forgotten how moved and excited I was at that time. Truly. I was so tricked by the illusion created by the number 10,000 out of 400,000. I feel embarrassed, really. This was in fact pointed out by some young people commenting, “It often happens when you are posting videos on YouTube.” “But don’t you realize 10,000 views is amazing?” Yes, that’s true! 10,000 is amazing! I was literally awakened after receiving various messages from all of you, and reading each one of these 10,000 messages. Yes, I was awakened. I shouldn’t just look at the 400,000. 400,000… Each individual in that 400,000 is different. You are watching this video as a viewer now, but in the country next to yours is a different viewer. I had completely forgotten about that. I must speak to each and every one of you sitting in the other side of the screen. That totally slipped my mind. I was too obsessed with the number 10,000 of 400,000. I am starting afresh. As an artist, I should enjoy painting myself. I’m going back to this basic idea and continuing to post videos on YouTube as long as my health permits. Of course, I want to create instructive videos for super beginners or those who want to start painting. And for those who don’t paint, I’ll show and paint great landscapes for you. I’ll come up with many other programs for you all. But thanks to all these 10,000 messages, I’m now able to picture each one of you. I also sincerely and greatly appreciate each one of you for waiting for my YouTube videos to be posted. Thank you so much! ARIGATO!!! Concerning my health, I will continue, as an artist, to make use of my paintings if they possibly please you. I’m looking forward to meeting you next time on YouTube. See you then!