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 http://daripro.com 

… 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!


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Echolocation Training 2016 Day 1 Training with Brian Bushway 2016

I'm back to LA for the final formal echolocation training in LA. For the first day, Brian and I went to the park and concentrating on "hearing" instead of tongue clicking. Without being able to hear, there is no way we can echolocate! We tried clapping our hands to find buildings, trees and poles.

As usual (though this is the last time for us) to have lunch at Johnny Rebs after echolocation training. I'll miss this opportunity. The last photo is a photo with Kevin and Sam, the servers who have greeted me and remembered me since I started receiving echolocation training 5 years ago.



Sunday, March 13, 2016

Flying with JetBlue Blind

JetBlue Airways is not much known among Japanese, but it certainly is one of the best, for accommodating disabled passengers, from booking and arranging for an assistance, while checking-in, guiding to the tarmac to get onboard, hospitality during flight, and assisting to the arrival lobby!

When I had to do a round-trip to San Francisco from Los Angeles and back, I chose OAK-LGB instead of SFO-LAX and it was the right choice for less stress on ground transportation and smooth on and off the plane for a smaller airports.

The notable services for JetBlue is anyone at check-in counter knows and can assist people with disability, precise direction if they need to leave me in a waiting area, seated, and especially at LGB, they install a slope at the back of the airplane while regular stairs in front exit so I can take slopes while other passengers can board from the stairs!

My seats were 1D and 25D, the closest from the front for OAK for passenger boarding bridge, and 25D for slopes for Long Beach. I boarded too early, the crew offered me a drink and delicious brand cookies while others are still boarding!
When serving, a crew gave me a bag of chips. I told her I'd like to open it by myself so I won't spit the content if I hold the bag incorrectly, she just cut the edge and handed it to me, so I can tear the bag. What a hospitality! 

It's difficult to meet every single requests from disabled passengers, but JetBlue crews didn't mind listening to my requests, including taking some photos! I'm looking for an another opportunity to fly with JetBlue!




Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A Special Cocktail Service in ANA Premium Economy Service / エコノミークラスでのカクテルサービス

During the welcome drink service on ANA flight from Tokyo Haneda to Los Angeles, I requested some vegetable juice, even though it is not served for economy class on International flights. However,the cabin attendant never says no. Instead, she asked me to give her a moment, and she returned with a drink in her hand, saying "I hope you like it." It turns out that she created a vegetable cocktail with tomato, apple and orange juice! Though it does not contain any greens or carrots, it tasted as good as mixed vegetable drink! I admire her instant reaction to my request!