Amputee ladies are stepping forward proudly – again
Some of readers of this blog – especially those with a longer memory – may remember the following article that was posted here on 17 February 2015:
Amputee Venus (切断ビーナス)
– Ability not Disability
(For further details about the “Amputee Venus”, please have a look at this posting again.)
On 28 May 2017 I had a chance of seeing the young ladies of “Amputee Venus” again, when they presented themselves on the Yotsuya (四谷 / よつや) campus of the Sophia University (上智大学 / じょうちだいがく) in Tōkyō’s Chiyoda ward (千代田区 / ちよだく).
The programme was started off with a fashion show with six of the “Amputee Venuses” on the centre stage of the campus and a runway next to it – cheered by the spectators and a crowd of fans.
The fashion show was followed by a “talk show” on stage, featuring also two of the “Amputee Venuses”, Makiko Sugawa (須川まきこ) and Hitomi Ōnishi (大西瞳), as well as Fumio Usui (臼井二美男). Fumio Usui has been creating artificial limbs for the Tetsudō Kōsaikai (鉄道弘済会 / てつどうこうさいかい) and was (among other rewards) awarded the AJPS (Association Japonaise de la Presse Sportive) Award 2015 for his services in developing artificial legs and leading the amputee sports club “Health Angels” (ヘルスエンジェルス) that has been producing several of Japan’s candidates for the Paralympics.
Hence, the talk was not just about day-to-day life with artifical limbs and the technical advancements made over the years, but also about the athletic challenges and rewards. Naturally, some of the people present were very much looking forward to Tōkyō’s 2020 Paralympic!
Amputee Venus on Facebook:
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