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What's new !!    2017 / 03 / 26   update Travel Photo  " Ivory Coast ", " Guinea ", " Senegal ", " Mauritania
  

       

    157 countries world travel on wheelchair.
    I hope that everyone can go anywhere they want.
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name    KIJI   ( Hideto Kijima )
birth year    1973 
nationality    Japan   ( live in Osaka )
disability    Spinal Cord Injury  Th-11   ( lower body paralysis )
job    writer  /  accessible consultant  /  speaker
   Japan Accessible Tourism Center  president
career  1997 - 2004   Marketing planner of advertisement agency "Dentsu"
 2004 -           Freelance, Barrier Free Institute
 2011 -           Japan Accessible Tourism Center
book

   " Flying Wheelchair "   2001  in Japanese
   " Love Wheelchair "   2005  in Japanese
   " Wheelchair traveler across Japan "   2008  in Japanese
   " A Flying Wheelchair "   2009  in Taiwan Chinese
   " Wheelchair in unexplored world "   2014  in Japanese

   

hobby    watching soccer  /  cooking  /  eating
specialty    traveling  /  swimming  /  trail orienteering  
language    Japanese  /  English  /  little Italian
family    marriage in 2005. 3 daughters.
dream    going to the universe. 
   I don't need my wheelchair because of weightlessness. 
Egypt
Jordan
Yemen
USA
Lesotho
Belgium
Guyana
China
Italy 
Cambodia
greenland


When I was 17 years old,  I broke my back bone while playing rugby in high school.
It was a terrible sport accident in 1990 and I became a wheelchair man. 
Nothing changed on my side except that I could not walk. 
But the behavior of people around me changed completely, 180 degrees. 
Society and people would look at me as being poor, miserable, and unfortunate. 
Also whenever I wanted to do something, everybody said 
" Don't do that because there is no equipment "  " It is a rule, so you cannot do that ".

I think it is OK to let people do what they want as long as they are ready to take responsibility.
I was so disappointed with Japanese society for not giving us a chance.

First summer vacation in university,  I stayed in USA for one month and was really shocked. 
I forgot that I was on a wheelchair while in USA.  This was my first trip overseas.
It was wheelchair accessible almost everywhere including town, shops, transportation .
No barrier. Above all, no people eyes.  Wheelchair was not special and I felt like a citizen. 

In USA, people would first see me as an individual person.
But in Japan, people looked at "disability " before individual character.
Disability is recognized by society. So if society changes, disability may disappear.

Understanding differences, respecting personality, giving equal opportunity,
I wish for a better society and peace, full of love and smile !!


e-mail always welcome !

Travel money come from my work. My parents gave money 1st and 3rd travel. When I was a university student, I worked as a private teacher, school counselor and in a post office. After graduation, I got a nice job and good income for 7 years. I published my first book in 2001. Travel money (39 countries until then) back from the book selling. 

No litigation. No money from high school. No high insurance. No high pension. No charity. No lottery winning. But I had a future and passion to be independent when I was injured. Now travel is one of my job, writing, guide, speech and consulting.

 *  visited 157 countries  *
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My story on English textbook in Japan.


Taiwan speech tour in 2008

interview by Chinese language


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