Deaf senior achieves to climb mountain 20,000 times in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

Kenji Yamamura, who achieved 20,000th time of daily climbing a mountain, was award by the city education board.

Kenji Yamamura (78), a Deaf resident in Higashi-Nada Ward, Kobe City, who has kept climbing Mt. Futatabi-san (altitude about 470 meters) in Chuo Ward in the city every day, finally achieved 20,000 times of a climbing mountain on September 26 last year. He was honored by the city education board on November 10.

About 60 years had passed since Kenji had started climbing a mountain. He went to climb the mountain from the shelter the next day even though his home was completely destroyed in Hanshin-Awaji (Kobe) Earthquake.

He lost hearing at the high temperature of the measles at the age of four. He enthusiastically said, "I am glad that I finally made it despite of my deafness. My next goal will be the 25,000th of climbing".

Kenji takes the first train which departs at 5:05 in the morning, gets off at Motomachi Station, and starts toward to the mountain top with light footsteps.

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