7th Onkyo Braille Essay Contest

Sponsorship Onkyo Corporation
The Braille Mainichi
(The Mainichi Newspapers)

Onkyo Corporation and the Braille Mainichi(The Mainichi Newspapers) created "The Braille Essay Contest" in 2003 with the hope of building a bridge between Braille and sound for the visually disabled who share heart-warming feelings more closely. The contest has been held every year since then.
Having got the cooperation of the WBU-AP (World Blind Union Asia-Pacific) since 2004, ABU (Asian Blind Union) since 2005, EBU (European Blind Union) since 2007, and WBU-NAC (World Blind Union North America and Caribbean) since 2009, we had received a lot of entries from many countries and could have "cross-cultural communication" by understanding the culture and thinking of each country with Braille. We published this booklet, in print as well as in Braille, containing winning works in four regions (WBU-AP, ABU, EBU and WBU-NAC).
We wish that readers should understand the thinking and living of the visually disabled; and that, regardless of disability, all people should feel heart-warming harmony the disabled live in, or make, together.

(Selection Result)
JAPAN 54 works
WBU-AP 15 works from five countries
ABU 14 works from eight countries
EBU 56 works from 17 countries
ABU-NAC 8 works from one country

33 winners in five regions were awarded trophies, prize money, and mementos.

"Japanese Category"
Otsuki Award Seiji Tozoe (60, male)
Excellent Work Osamu Kurikawa (50, male)
Fine Work Kenji Katayose (60, male)
Fine Work Akiko Yanagihara (35, female)
Excellent Work Haruka Ueta (18, female)
Fine Work Yuki Fujinawa (15, male)
Special Prize Shouta Wakimoto (14, male)
Special Prize Ryo Oouchi (12, male)
Review of Award-Winning Essays (Japan) Mr. Giichi Fujimoto (novelist)

"International Category"
WBU-AP (Asia/Pacific region)
Otsuki Award Dong Huy Lieu (66,male, Vietnam )
Senior Group (over 26 years old)
Excellent Work Atung Yuniarto (36,male, Indonesia)
Fine Work Khong Thanh Thuy (29, female, Vietnam)
Fine Work Daw Byar Mee (29, female, Myanmar)
Junior Group (under 25 years old)
Excellent Work Ria Andriani (19, female, Australia)
Fine Work Le Van Tung (23, male, Vietnam)

(West Asia / Central Asia / Middle East region)
Otsuki Award P.S. Sreenivasan (40, male, India)
Senior Group (over 26 years old)
Excellent Work Babooja Ranjan Choudhury (36, male, India)
Fine Work Bisomenike Marasinghe (57, female, Sri Lanka)
Fine Work P.D. Nihal (47, male, Sri Lanka)
Junior Group (under 25 years old)
Excellent Work

Ra'ad Ghassan Majid Al-Sunna (17, male, Jordan)

Fine Work Hiranya M. Fernando (20, female, Sri Lanka)
Fine Work Kamlesh (19, female, India)

(Europe region) (40, female, Slovakia)
Otsuki Award Norberto Inácio de Sousa (29, male, Portugal)
Senior Group (over 26 years old)
Excellent Work Linda AMMBROŽOVÁ (28, female, CzechRepublic)
Fine Work Kvetoslava Holestakova (40, female, Slovakia)
Fine Work

Bozidar DENDA (35, male, Montenegro)

Junior Group (under 25 years old)
Excellent Work Saleem Ur Rahman (18, male, Ireland)
Fine Work Çetin Aslan (19, male, Turkey)
Fine Work Anna Barham (12, female, U.K.)

(North America, Caribbean Region)
Otsuki Award Nancy Jo Scott (55, female, U.S.A)
Excellent Work Lauren Merryfield (60, female, U.S.A)
Excellent Work Judy Sanders (62, female, U.S.A)
Fine Work Patricia Harman (64, female, U.S.A)
Fine Work Brianna L. Brown (16, female, U.S.A)

Onkyo Corporation and The Braille Mainichi (The Mainichi Newspapers) presented this booklet to the organizations for the visually disabled in 180 countries of the World, to promote cross-cultural communication.

"Braille becomes a bridge between different cultures"
photo:Mr.Naoto Otsuki
Mr. Naoto Otsuki
Honorary President
Onkyo Corporation

Coinciding with the seventh annual Onkyo Braille Essay Contest, this year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, the inventor of the writing system that bears his name. In such a historic year, we were delighted to receive a great number of heartfelt essays from around the world—a clear sign that this contest is helping to broaden communication among people of different cultures. This year welcomed a new region to the fold: North America and the Caribbean.
It is my sincere hope that this contest will continue to become a bridge of communication across the borders between countries and cultures.
From Mr. Tozoe’s essay—which won the highest award in Japan, the Otsuki Prize—one can sense the passion he brings to his work transcribing Braille in tandem with his wife. His writing gave a real sense of the dedication with which he fills his days and left me feeling revitalized. One hopes he will continue producing well-considered transcriptions.
The Otsuki Prize in the WBU-AP (World Blind Union Asia-Pacific) region was won by Mr. Dong Huy Lieu of Vietnam. His essay offered a touching account of his courageous recovery from the tragedy of losing his sight due to the influence of chemical defoliants. With his family and country’s wellbeing in mind, he studied hard and overcame poverty. Undoubtedly, many readers will take inspiration from his story.
In the ABU (Asian Blind Union) region, the Otsuki Prize was won by Mr. P.S. Sreenivasan of India. He notes the incongruity of nations preaching peace but still producing and possessing terrible weapons. His essay makes us consider what we can do to achieve peace in a world of such contradictions. Each of us should work towards creating a world in the future that enriches people’s hearts.
Mr. Norberto Inácio de Sousaof Portugal won the Otsuki Prize in the EBU (European Blind Union) region. His essay richly conveys his sincerity and his personal approach to Braille. It is my belief that Braille be a dependable partner and can enrich and support your life. One hopes Mr. De Sousa will continue to carry his approach forward into the future.
This year saw the addition of a new region to the Onkyo Braille Essay Contest: the WBU-NAC (World Blind Union North America and Caribbean). The Otsuki Prize for this region was won by Ms. Nancy Scott of the USA. In her essay, she overcomes a stubborn resistance to reading aloud in front of others and finds the dash of courage needed to open the door to a new world. I, for one, found inspiration in her story.
In concluding, I would like to thank all the entrants for their excellent and touching essays. I also wish to express my gratitude to our co-hosts, Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. and the Braille Mainichi, for their great support. Sincere thanks also to the ABU, the WBU-AP, the EBU, and the WBU-NAC for collecting entries and organizing the judging and prize-giving. And finally, a personal thank you to everyone that provided assistance in each of the participating countries.

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