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.


Panel Exercizing

Brian is giving the panel exercise to me, holding something around me, letting me where it is, what kind of material it is, and what it is!


Daniel Brian and Me

The echolocation training with Brian and Daniel.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Reuniting with Daniel Kish

I managed to get to Daniel's house by myself! He and other coaches will work with me for follow-up echolocation and perceptual mobility training, and thank Daniel for hosting me for my stay in Long Beach!

Sleeping in Full Flat Seat in ANA Business Class Cabin

I'm not in a coffin, I'm just sleeping in a new ANA's business class Staggard seat with a large pillow and a pad! 今回は、ANAのビジネスクラスでロサンゼルスへ。スタッガードシートは千鳥配列で、全席窓側、全席通路側はいいのですが、ライフライフラットになると、必然的に後ろの人の足が、横のサイドテーブルの下に来る訳で。

Beef Steak Dinner in the Air

Cabin attendants gladly explained what's on table, so a full course meal in ANA Business Class is not difficult for a blind passenger.

ANA First Suite Lounge

I'm ready for an another Echolocation training in Long Beach this summer! Flying to Los Angeles with involuntarily upgrade to ANA business class.