Japan boosts efforts to go barrier-free ahead of Paralympics

Ms Ritsuko Aoki, who is deaf, using sign language to share about her experience after watching Drum Tao's Nov 16 performance. Drum Tao's Mangekyo: Rhythm Of Tribe performance last November was attended by people who are blind, deaf or physically disa
Drum Tao's Mangekyo: Rhythm Of Tribe performance last November was attended by people who are blind, deaf or physically disabled, as the troupe partnered the Japanese government for a trial "universal event" project.PHOTO: TEAMLAB

Entertainment, transport made more disabled-friendly as it fosters more inclusive society ahead of Paralympics

A musical performance is not something Ms Ritsuko Aoki would normally choose to attend, as she is deaf.

But she enjoyed a recent show by renowned musical troupe Drum Tao, being able to feel the rhythmic beats of the traditional Japanese taiko drums, paired with the melodious shinobue flute and the koto harp, through a device clipped to her hair known as Ontenna.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 04, 2019, with the headline 'Japan boosts efforts to go barrier-free'. Print Edition | Subscribe