Sign in front of the Tokyo 2020 National Stadium

A Visit to the Tokyo 2020 National Stadium

This past Saturday was the public grand opening of the National Stadium that will be used for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.  Winners of a ticket lottery were able to look around the stadium and enjoy a special opening event that included traditional dances, performances by athletes and musical artists. Since Accessible Japan has been working with Asahi Shimbun (newspaper) on video content about accessibility in Tokyo, we were able to visit as press Read more…

Tips on Traveling to Japan with a Hearing Impairment

By Frank Mondelli Garbled voices over loudspeakers, screens that don’t show last-minute schedule changes, crowded environments where it’s hard to see important – oftentimes, D/deaf and hearing-impaired persons are no strangers to travel complications, especially one what tend to be multi-step journeys like going to Japan. As organizations in Japan and elsewhere continue to try to make traveling more convenient for D/deaf and hearing-impaired persons, now might be a good time to take stock of Read more…

Fire stick entertainer

Talent, In All Shapes and Sizes

By Justin Schroth The Olympics has been a massive event celebrated around the world for longer than anyone alive can remember. Opening and closing ceremonies have became an expected part of the event, and this expectation also extends to the Paralympic Games. In a recent announcement for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games, made by The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, many Para-entertainer positions are looking to be filled for performance opportunities Read more…

Shinjuku Gyoen smartphone guide app demonstration posters

Shinjuku Gyoen’s Upcoming Smartphone Guide Includes Accessibility Features

Shinjuku Gyoen is currently running a trial of its new smartphone guide this week and Accessible Japan was invited to try it out to ensure it can be a service for all visitors. The new head of accessibility at Shinjuku Gyoen has only been on the job for a short time but is already making great improvements.  He was responsible for getting the park to purchase a long portable ramp so that visitors in wheelchairs Read more…

Amy and Cesar at Rugby World Cup Japan 2019

Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 from the Wheelchair Seats

By Amy McKnight One of the world’s most loved sports is taking its biggest stage in Japan this fall for the Rugby World Cup.  The event, which is the 3rd largest sporting event in the world, hosts competition between 20 countries and lasts for 6 weeks, culminating in the final match on November 2.  This year, my partner and I had the great pleasure of traveling from the US to both explore lovely Japan and Read more…

Paralympic Athlete Siamand Rahman in front of the Kabukiza Theater

Power-Lifting Spirits Up #1YearToGo

By Justin Schroth What does a man that can lift over twice his weight, two Paralympic gold medals, and Kabukiza have in common? That would be Siamand Rahman being photographed at one of Tokyo’s famous Kabuki theaters, for the final addition to The Tokyo Organising Committee’s recognition of Paralympic Athletes. For those who may not yet know, The Tokyo Organising Committee has been running a campaign designed to highlight highly skilled athletes who have participated Read more…

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