The shot bar called "Jajan Jajan" where the customers, Deaf and hearing both, enjoy conversation in sign language with a glass in hand, is located in Nada-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo Prefecture.
On the weekend, the bar will be full of a large serving of going up. Except a laughing voice and the sound of clapping the hands, reggae music flows calmly.
Ono Takashi (大野高), a 37-year-old resident of Kobe-shi, opened the regular bar in December, 2005.
Five years ago he was unable to take communication with a Deaf woman who came to the shot bar.
Ono made up his mind, eagerly going to a sign language class while working.
The Deaf visitors started to gather at Ono's store little by little. The hearing customer who happened to be present also learned sign language and fingerspelling and came to enjoy conversation with the Deaf visitors.
As "the place where everyone can enjoy communication in sign language", as he says, Ono has opened the "Sign Language Bar" program in the bar monthly since four years ago.