Sakibana Yoichi and his work
(photo: http://iryou.chunichi.co.jp/ )
July 29, 2014
Five Deaf persons working in the Nagoya-shi area, Aichi Prefecture, a part of central Japan formed the group in October, 2011, aiming to introduce the distinguished services of the predecessors who played an active part in each field through organizing a lecture meeting called "The Deaf Academy."
Sakihana Yoichi (咲花洋一), 80, who played an active part between 1950 and the 1960s as a pro cartoonist, will give a lecture at the 10th lecture meeting on August 2 in Nagoya-shi.
He became Deaf because of whooping cough at the age of three. He came out at the age of 18 as a cartoonist after graduating from the School for the Deaf, University of Tsukuba in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture.
Although he published the books of SF or detective comics, he turned embroidery business 13 years later.
The staff of The Deaf Academy says, "it was commonly difficult that a Deaf person worked as a pro in the time with less awareness of sign language. We hope the Deaf audience see what is required in order to fulfill a dream."