Review of Award-Winning Essays
"Their True Feelings Come Through"
Mr.Giichi Fujimoto (novelist)

The 40-year old Mr. Taro Masuda stands bravely before the audience with his companion, the violin. One can sense his breathing and the earnest regard behind his freewheeling words. The audience becomes immersed in his pleasant singing and playing. He calls his way of communicating "applause research", but we sense that a great deal of effort goes into performing the way he does. We get an idea of his working process when he says that his "chat and play" concerts are never simply a one-way communication process, but rather involve a meeting of minds in the performance space. After reading his excellent work, we get the sense of space spreading to infinity.
"A canvas at my finger tips," written by Ms. Sayaka Yoshida, describes the day-to-day progress she makes in her everyday life. I applaud her effort and determination, as she doggedly practises finger braille in order to be able to help other people. I was touched when she said she understands that other people have various points of view and ways of talking about the world. Even though she is amblyopic, she believes she must use her five senses to their full. This really struck home with me, someone who has spent 50 years as a writer.
I was quite shaken when I began reading "The day words vanished," winner of one of the Highly Commended awards. This essay describes the biggest shock in the life of Mr. Hiroshi Komori. I was deeply moved by his description of his ongoing efforts to learn braille.
When Mr. Hiromichi Hachimura described his first skiing experience and the taste of beer in the other Highly Commended essay, "When I open the door," I couldn't suppress a smile. After hearing his story about entering the SMDC, I realized how warm-hearted people can be, and also that people are not alone.
Among the four essays achieving Special Awards, it is difficult to say which is the best. Nevertheless, I feel the essays written by Ms. Saki Maeda and Ms. Yoshiko Ina stand out.
Ms. Maeda's "To the Future, Smiles and Harmony" skillfully employs foreshadowing at the beginning of the story. We discover that music itself has come to nourish her very being.
Ms. Ina's "My World" tells the story of her experiences with a piano she named "Micchan," after her grandmother. At first she was not so enthusiastic about learning the piano. But her world opened up after she created her first original track, a 4-note rhythm in E minor called "Snow." This is the kind of story that inspires our hopes and dreams.

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