|Yoshida (fifth from right in the back row) and the participants enjoy the program in the clubhouse.|
May 6, 2013
The new club called the "Salon - Seeds of the Sunflower" aiming at exchange of Deaf persons and local residents opened in Nakatsu-shi, Oita Prefecture in Japan's southern island.
The clubs have been established in various parts of the city, in order for elderly people to mainly gather and enjoy activity such as a meal, conversation, a hobby, etc., but this new club was the first time for Deaf seniors.
About 50 people including the members of the club establishment organizing committee, local residents, and administration persons concerned attended the opening ceremony.
Yoshida Hiroyoshi, 55, president of the Nakatsu Association of the Deaf, who acts as head of the new club, greeted saying, "We would like to make this club a place for many people to come and enjoy meeting other people, which will deepen our bonds."
The association established the organizing committee in cooperation with the sign language circle group in the city and others in October last year.
They remodeled the building used as an office of a construction company into a place with a barrier-free environment.
In the clubhouse, the basic sign language class, cooking, the handicraft, the woodwork and so on which all serve as rehabilitation are planned.
The club is opened from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on a weekend every month. Participation fees are 500 yen with lunch.