Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Speech at Facebook Campus - Facebookで講演

I've been keeping in touch with social media, even though I am a blind with no sense of light. I self-tought how to use PC and smartphone when I lost my eyesight in hospital.

Then, the opportunity arose, delivered a speech regarding to accessibility for services provided by Facebook, such as Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and others. With some help by friends to send dump files and screen crashes and behaviours when using these apps over time, some folks at facebook caught there are a blind person with no sense of light like me, trying to share photos and documenting my life, the ux team contact me to see if I'm interested in sharing how I use facebook and instagram without seeing at all!

The whole presentation, not limited of 1-hour speech in front of attendees but onover 1-hour in front of camera, I praised Automatic Alternative Text that adds captions for each photos uploaded on Facebook AUTOMATICALLY, which none of providers of the operating system for smartphones haven't got this far, thought they are trying but doing terrible job, this will not only benefit blind people, but the rest of people who can tag search by automatic tagging texting, if Facebook can come up with how to opt-out for those who wants to control privacy and unwanted to auto-scan their data and tagged.

This is the perfect example of so-called "Inclusive Designing" that the feature may work for a small handful mumber of people (the blind, in this case) but it may be beneficial to the rest of us out there! 

I hope my conclusion for my speech made sense that we are not looking for neither "Bareer Free" nor "Universal Design" but what we need is to "Includesiveness" by this society and access to technology. Barrier free might help people with lack of fingers and arms or control of body access but swiping or tapping would not let them get anything done, so we are just talking to solution, not how to make use of it much. Moreover, it's impossible to make anything "Universal" as I wonder how many developers, including many that claims "Tested by blind people" actually blindfolded and use the app? It's nearly mpossible to tap the icon on screen but swipe to find links and objects. I believe only visually impaired who can still see tested but really blind guys with no sense of light is excluded for testing because with assistive technology, finger strokes will totally be replaced and we use up to 4 fingers to do the same tasks normal users can do with one or two fingers.
Facebook is trying to "Include" the people by spreading internet access to the third nations. However, there are so many people in the first nations who can't get benefits from the power of internet due to the accessibility issues. I hope Facebook will keep focusing on making the service not for the majority of people who are productive and influencial, but the same access for the rest of us, no matter what disabilities and challenges we have and we may encounter with!



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Something On My Head

The green drink called Chomeiso or "Long Life Grass" on my way to San Francisco!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Spoke about use of human echolocation at TEDxFukuoka 人間のエコーロケーションについて視覚障碍者として講演

It was a year ago when I spoke about use of human echolocation for blind photography at TEDxFUKUOKA. I had to rewrite my script as well as creat the additional slides and inserting the demonstration of panel exercise to show echolocation, all came up just a day before, which is the excuse for my nervousness and sluggish speech, but at least I was able to convey my message. 1年前の今日、TEDxFUKUOKAにて、視覚障碍者として反響定位、いわゆるエコーロケーションをどう使うかと言うことで、日常生活での活用ではなく、あえて全盲でも写真を撮ることができるということをテーマに、講演させて頂きました。緊張していましたが、メッセージは伝えることができたかと思います。 やっぱり、前日に、原稿の後ろ3分の2を書き換えたのが、いけなかったかなぁ。本当はエコーのデモンストレーションをする予定はなかったのですが、同時通訳がいないということで、急遽一番最後以外のスライドと、反響のデモを入れました。

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The 3rd Anniversary of My Theme Song! 自分のテーマ曲公開3周年!

It was 3 years ago when Jonathan Mann and Darrell Smith surprised me with a gift of my theme song! It includes my passion to blind photography, my eyes and echolocation! Though I gave up on acupuncture and massage therapy part, but everything else is pretty consistent!

今からちょうど3年前、Jonathan Mann ( と ダリル・スミス ( が、この曲で驚かせてくれました。私が全盲になって、落ち込んでいるところにプレゼントしてくれた、励ましの曲、私の緑色の義眼に対する反応や、ずっと訓練してきたえこっロケーションのことなど、2分半に網羅しています。英語ではありますが、聴いていただけると幸いです。

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Demystifying Echolocation in Japan! - 知られざる脳の真実!!世界を変える奇跡の力,、そしてエコロケーションの力。

Congrats on my friend and my first echolocation instructor Juan Ruiz for showing off echolocation through the TV show in Japan, this time, Juan actually visited Japan! After the show was aired, I could not help calling him to celebrate his presence in Japan! When I received my first echolocation training in Los Angeles as the first Japanese person in 2011 that I would like to see whether echolocation works in Japan, so I will try to get him to Japan… and the mission completed! Well done, Juan, let's spread echolocation so there will be an another opportunity for him to come back to Japan!


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Echolocation Documentary Film Reunion

Reunion with Neil Abramson the filmmaker and Juan Ruiz, my first echolocation instructor back in 2011 whilein LA this time.


Friday, March 18, 2016


This posting is dedicated to my friend and great piano sing-along musician, Darrell Smith at 

… and to show my "make it happen" attitude.

On his new album release concert back in 2014, I promised I'll go to Oceanside pier and get the picture taken with the shirt with all supporting artist at the concert because the title of the album is… Oceanside!


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Echolocation Training 2016 Day 3 Ryo Goes to Hollywood!? / ハリウッドでエコロケーションの訓練!?

For the final day of echolocation training with World Access For The Blind, I requested that I would like to explore Hollywood. I ended up exploring Dolby Theatre and the mall. From this day and the day before, I have almost no photos to share so it's impossible to prove that I was actually there. Go figure.



Wednesday, March 16, 2016

EcholocationTraining 2016 Day 2 Los Angeles Neighbourhood

For the second day of echolocation training, I requested to take it place near beach. Instead, I had to explore Brian's neighbourhood in LA. After all, it worked very well because it was a great opportunity to review all necessary skills to walk on a sidewalk with trees bushes cracks and water puddles, as well as different echoes coming from everywhere!