July 7, 2016
At "the 19th Learning Contest Using the Library Resources" (sponsored by the library promotion foundation), Ihara Kurumi, 9, a fourth grader of Hikifune Elementary School in Sumida Ward, Tokyo won an excellent prize.
The Sumida Ward Deaf Society present a letter of thanks to her, citing her work deepened understanding of Deaf persons.
The title of the work is "The word which conveys mind, it is Sign Language." Ihara saw a mother of her friend speaking to Deaf baby by sign language, which made Ihara interested. She checked different things such as history of sign language, a dialect and the kind.