Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Made and Appearance on LA Times / LA タイムズに掲載されました

Never thought I would make an appearance on the first page of LA Times! Please have a look at the online version of the article to find out how my echolocation train with Brian and Daniel carries out.

とうとうLA Timesのトップを飾ってしまいました。英語が読める方、私が実際どのように、ブライアンとダニエルからエコロケーションのトレーニングを受けているか、ぜひお読みください。


Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Photo with Daniel and Brian After Echolocation Training Spring 2015

The 2nd day of echolocation (flash sonar) training is over. I was somewhat nervous with observers but it was a great lesson, as it was a great opportunity to find out my shortcomings when I lost track of environment factors like the sunlight, the sound of cars, the traffic flow, an airplane flying over me, and so on.

Thank Brian and Daniel for echolocation and life skill training and we will catch up again!

A special thanks to Rob, who took this photo.
(hope the photo shows up.)



Reunion with Daniel Kish

It's always great to see you and hang out with Daniel Kish. It's been about 5 months since we met last time. Thanks always for having me for a few days!


Echolocation Training Spring 2015 Day One Follow-Up

It's not an official, but Jules spared some time for me to walk around the neighbourhood after the 1st day training with Brian.


Echolocation Training Spring 2015 Day 1

I'm baaak to Long Beach for an another echolocation training session!

It's the 6th session since my first training in September 2011 with Daniel and Juan. This time, Brian is the main instructor. 

It seems that our first mission is to find Johnny Rebs to have a behemoth amount of beef ribs! If there is a goal, I can do the best!

I found I have lost the ability to process all the information I perceive, hearing the tongue click while observing the noise of traffic, airplanes flying over and wind.
Eventually we got there, but I could have it done better.


Air Canada's Solution to Touch Screen Entertainment System for the Blind

This is the first time I found Air Canada offers a frame for its inflight touch panel screen entertainment system! Though control is limited to Audio, volume control and channel, but at least Air Canada offers some entertainment accessible to the blind and visually impaired passengers!


Golden Gate Bridge

I have flown over it and drove on it so many times, this is the very first time I stopped at the vista point and got photos. It was nice and clear day.

One photo that has me in a frame is taken with iPhone 6 with HDR on and the other one is taken by me with Fujifilm X100S.

Frozen Niagara Falls

It was freezing cold but I made it there!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Blind Japanese Riding a Bicycle Using Echolocation - 全盲でもエコーロケーションを使って、自転車に乗れた!

I wound never, ever thought I would ride a bicycle again! Since I started learning echolocation in 2011, I dreamed about riding a bicycle like I used to be able to. I've kept telling my dream to my instructors, Juan Ruiz, Brian Bushway and Daniel Kish, and finally the time has come!After a little bit of practise, I managed to ride a bike for about a block, with echolocation! Oh damn, I felt great! It was all possible after Brian gave me a training that I keep walking straight while turning my head around, searching for objects on my right or left, constantly scanning, and Daniel who helped me strengthening my tongue clicks by mirror exercising, brushing up echolocation skills! Now I'm one-step closer to the normal people! 全盲になってから夢見ていたこと、それは、一人で自転車に乗ること。それをエコーロケーションがかなえてくれました! アメリカの住宅街を、車をぬうようにして走れたのは、前方と横をスキャンするテクニックを教えてくれたブライアンと、クリック音をチューニングしてくれたダニエルのおかげで、エコロケーションにさらに磨きをかけることができました。 絶対日本ではできないことだけど、これで健常者の世界に、一歩近づくことができたような気がします。

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mirror Exercise

Along the regular echolocation training, Daniel give me a special training, noticing my tongue click can be keener and sharper. This is so-called Mirror Exercise, finding a surface, like a house, that gives good echo, then I click and walk backwards, walking away from the object. If I don't hear the echo, reposition myself and find the echo then keep backing up until I can't hear my click anymore, realising how far I could go.
Here's the photo of us clicking and backing up.