|Hirao Kaede and his watercolor painting titled "The God of Thunder" |
November 29, 2013
Hirao Kaede (平尾楓), 14, in the 9th grade class of the Ehime Prefectural Matsuyama School for the Deaf, won the highest award, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology prize for the 18th National Deaf Students Art Show. The show took place in Kochi Prefecture on October 17-18.
Hirao said happily, "I am truly surprised to be chosen for a splendid prize."
The Deaf Education and Welfare Association sponsors an art show for the purpose of deepening social understanding and concern while it enhances a Deaf child's power of expression.
There was an application of 569 works this year by Deaf students aged 3-18 from 29 School for the Deaf across Japan.
Hirao's work, "The God of Thunder," is the colorful watercolor painting of the god of thunder that looks sinewy as the theme treated against the background of Mt. Fuji recently registered into world heritage, a tower called Tokyo Skytree, etc. which he visited last summer.
Hirao belongs to a table tennis club at school, and said he was not good at painting. He won the prize for an excellent work last year and the highest one again this year, which apparently gave him a confidence.