Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Watch & Share! New documentary about ME!

The documentary movie of me learning echolocation (flash sonar) and daily living accessibilities is on YouTube now! This documentary film shows my “Recovery and Discovery” process since I became blind because of Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). My sincere thanks goes to Juan Ruiz and Daniel Kish of World Access for the Blind for intensive training given to me, and Neil Abramson for shooting and sharing this great documentary movie. I hope this will increase awareness of helping Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) patients and blind and visually impaired people around the world who need social and financial support. Besides, we need your help spreading this movie, or help us raise enough funds to finish this movie and submit it to movie festivals and TV broadcasting stations. If anyone can help, please let me know. Thanks! 私が日本人として始めて、当時全盲として唯一の認定訓練師による、エコロケーショと日常生活訓練の様子を収めたドキュメンタリー映画が、先日YouTubeで公開されました。エコロケーションは、小さい子供であるほど、習得が容易ですが、中高年の 中途失明者には、不可能とさえ言われてきました。それを打破すべく、中年の私は、 この映像が収録されてから今までの4年間、あきらめずに続けています。一人の人間 の、どのようにエコロケーションを習得していった様子を、どうぞご覧ください。この映画を通して、特発性拡張型心筋症と視覚障害者、特に全盲の人間に対する理解 と応援の気持ち感じていただければ、幸いです。 最後になりましたが、私にエコロケーションをはじめとする日常生活訓練を根気強く 教えてくれたホワン・ルイズとダニエル・キッシュ両氏と、ドキュメンタリー映画のプロデューサーのニールに感謝の意を示したいと思います。ありがとうございました! MY NAME IS RYO - YouTube

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

After delivering the speech about flash sonar at TED 2015 conference in Vancouver Canada, Daniel Kish came back home! It's always great to see him and hang out. It's been about 5 months since we met last time. Thanks always for having me for a few days!

Here's Daniel's talk about flash sonar at TED 2015.
Daniel Kish: How I use sonar to navigate the world - YouTube

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。