October 17, 2015
Ogata explains how to make
pizza by sign language.
The cooking class that a Deaf lecturer teaches by sign language is opened in Tokyo. It is carried out by two women; Ogata Miwa, 44, the Deaf woman licensed as a cook and Tanaka Hiroko, 42, the French lecturer who volunteers to teach sign language.
They achieved to start a cooking class after eight years, because they believed;
"Even if interpreting provided in an ordinary cooking class, it isn't possible for a Deaf student to see both an interpreter and a lecturer at the same time, so a Deaf person is left out."
The cooking class called "The Rainbow" was opened in Bunkyo-ku in August. It was the second time since June, this year. The Deaf woman who participated in the class said, "The lecturer used sign language, so, I understood how to make immediately."
Ogata lost hearing by an unknown cause suddenly when she was a high school student. Her dream was to become a cook or a dietitian, but was not allowed to enter a college. She was an office worker after graduating from high school. Yet she entered other college with a note taker in 2008. One year and a half later she finally was qualified to be a licensed cook.