January 22, 2015
The members talk about what they think of
the game they joined in sign language.
The sign language club, named "Kokoro" meaning "heart" in Japanese, started in Yugawara-machi, a well-known place for spa, 27 years ago, having kept holding activities such as a class activity for hearing children, an exchange program for adults, etc.
Members are about 60, aged between teens and eighties (out of them about ten Deaf members). The club is a large-scale group only in the local area, Ashigarashimo-gun, including Yugawara-machi, Hakone and Manatsuru-machi.
This club not only became the valuable place where Deaf persons socialize with other members, but also put the emphasis on the sign language spread in the other areas.
An exchange program was held at a town health center as part of day service projects by the Prefecture Association of the Deaf on January 20, which 22 people came together, including about 10 Deaf persons. They participated in a game played by a team competition.