Sunday, April 13, 2014

Inviting Darrell to Akizuki Project

Darrell came to Akizuki, and we visited Mizunone Tsuchinone. Does anyone smell the sound of the gig here?

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Thank Brian for echolocation and perceptual mobility training, and thank Daniel for hosting me for a few nights! My 4th echolocation brush-up training is over, and I shall start rolling!
I'm releaved to hear my echolocation skill has improved over time, and I walk much faster than the first time 3 years ago!


Taking a Break, Having Lunch with Brian

Since it's past lunchtime while we are passing by Johnny Rebs, we decided to change our goal to "finding Johnny Rebs" instead of "Finding a Park" We went through how to find the entrance, feeling the surface while clicking my tongue and observe the echo, and finding the surface and echo change if I pass that place. The training with Brian involves more on cane technique, combined with echolocation, and he was great describing how totell what's around!

After successfully finding the entrance of Johnny Rebs, we deserve for some lunch!


Let's Go!

After ample amount of lecture, rather, talking, we started to head out. Brian is such an easy-going coach, and he repeatedly tells me to do the same task until I get better. After going through drills, my confidence builds up fairly quickly!


Brian Drawing a Map

What Daniel and Brian does and Juan doesn't do is drawing a map on my hand or on my back when describing the direction of streets and intersection. My mobility coach in Japan does the same, so this is pretty much a de facto standard for mobility coaches around the world to use this method.



Wonder what he's thinking... Wondering whether he successfully made me understand, or he was wondering how many photos I was taking while he was giving me a lecture??? I gave him a warning that I would take many pictures, though!

Perceptual Mobility and Echolocation Training with Brian

Brian is giving me an instruction of how to position myself on the street. He explained most paved streets have so-called "Street camber" that has elevated center and gradually goes down towards the edge of the street, which is useful for the blinds to keep on mind where on the street we are and how to straighten out way towards the curb.