October 2, 2016
The members of a sign language club
"Tsumaki" made "space sign language".
A new sign for "Outboard activities"
Kasuga Haruki, the Deaf staff who works for Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) worked with a sign language club of Toyo University, "Tsumaki" together to make six new signs related to the universe, such as "International Space Station," "JAXA," "spacecraft," "outboard activities".
During taking charge of a tour with a sign language guide, Kasuga had felt necessity of "space sign language" once more. He knew the sign language club on the Internet and asked for collaboration in November, last year.
"Tsumiki" is a club with a history of more than 30 years has about 120 members. But it was the first time for them to make a new sign. Most of them said, "We could not think easily and often came to a deadlock."
Kasuga says, "I'd like to use the new signs in the space class at a school for the deaf and a sign language guide tour at JAXA from now on."