* USA *
California 1 month home stay and language school / 1993
First experience to go abroad. Among staying in USA, I completely forget that I am wheelchair. Access to everywhere. Every bus has a lift. No step in shop and building. No curious persons eye. This great stay for 1 month made me brave. Then I started my journey to all over the world.
Happy and lovely host family with many kids.
After 3 weeks to study English at language school, I traveled for 1 week in Los Angels by myself.
Winter Park in Colorado 1 week ski / 2001
Let's try skiing at NSCD ( National Sports Center for Disabled)
2 years later, I mastered mono ski !!!
University of California Berkeley 1 year internship / 2002-2003
I got a fund to research "Accommodation for students with disability and organization, the latest case in USA". My company allowed me to leave 1 year. It was also good chance to travel around USA.
My father and Mother, sister and nephew came to see me. We traveled in California.
Ride the Rockies 2003. 650 km, 7 days, 2000 cyclist include 9 hand-cyclist. Great adventure but so tough.