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Positiveness and Brightness by poet Yuriko Matsumura

Many of the essays write about their acceptance of their own visual disability and their attempt to positively accept the world. That very much moved me while I was reading them. As a whole, I felt a soft tone in their use of colloquial expression in their works and was impressed by rich expressions appealing to the senses other than vision. Hiromoto Tasaki, who won the Lyrics Award, chose the title of his work, “If I Am Not Who I Am.” This means “if I did not lose my vision.” His essay describes a world that could have been and is filled with a tone of sadness in the essay. However, what impresses me most is the bright description of his forward-looking attitude of “accepting who I am as who I am.” He is conveying a message in a soft way that he wants others to accept that fact. Nobody is perfect. We are always short of something. Considering this, I strongly hope that his lyrics will be loved and sung by many people. Other impressive essays include “Is It Blue or Green?” by Kenji Nishita and “To 100% Me” by Hirosato Fukui. Nishita’s essay tells us in a humorous way that people use “ao” to describe the color of a variety of things and situations and that the visually disabled feel very strange about it. Fukui’s essay liberally explains his self-affirmation that it is “100% me” even if he lost his vision.

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