July 19, 2015
The Deaf cafe worker (left) takes an
order by gestures, and serves curry.
The store "Sign Language Cafe Sea Gull" that Deaf persons at Kobe-shi in western Japan manage opened in a market in the city on July 18. They aim at making the cafe so that you can drop in casually.
A cafe leader Takada Hidemitsuru, 59, is enthusiastic with "opening the cafe as a step to independence."
The support group of Deaf persons and volunteers called "Deaf Support Sea Gull" had planned opening a cafe in order to look for independence.
Twenty seats are prepared in the "event house" in the market; four kinds of food, curry and rice, shaved ice, source rice crackers and iced coffee, are offered. Eight out of about 20 Deaf persons stand at the store during business hours from 10:00am to 8:00pm by a change.