March 2 2022
TOKYO – The “NHK Heart Exhibition,” which introduces poems written by people with disabilities, opened in Shibuya, Tokyo, on March 2.
The “NHK Heart Exhibition” is held annually by NHK and the National Council of Social Welfare, with the aim of realizing a society where people with and without disabilities understand each other and live together.
This year’s exhibition, the 26th of its kind, features 50 poems selected from more than 3,500 entries.
One of the works by Momoka Toya, 23, from Saitama Prefecture, who has hand and leg disabilities and is unable to speak, reads, “Good days, so many pictures, good days, so many strokes, good days, so many words instead of voice.”
Toya’s family and others noticed five years ago that he could write letters with his fingertips, which he could move only slightly. When he visited the venue, Mr. Toya said in writing, “I wrote this with the hope that people would know that there are people like me who can write even if they are bedridden. In addition, there is a corner at the exhibition where visitors can listen to five popular voice actors, including Kazuki Kato, a voice actor known for his role in the musical “The Prince of Tennis,” and Toshiki Masuda, who appeared in the anime “Shinkage no Kyojin,” reciting the poems on display.
The “NHK Heart Exhibition” will be held at the Bunkamura Gallery in Shibuya, Tokyo, until March 13.