9AM-4PM – Culture Festival at the School for the Deaf
The morning performances are in the gymnasium (first floor). During the elementary school skit and taiko drumming, kids are onstage. Teachers carry 29 kg. daughter and her wheelchair up the steps to the stage and back down. Only about five steps!
After eating udon on the first floor, daughter wants to go up to the second floor where the bazaar and food booths are. Parents carry wheelchair up stairs. Daughter uses railing to go up on feet. (Hurray for daughter!) Husband is wiped out by a cold virus and spends next hour sitting at table. Daughter does a little shopping on her own, then wants to go to the third floor for tea ceremony and art exhibits. Daughter goes up while hanging onto railing (spotted by mother), then mother carries up wheelchair. On way back down, mother carries daughter on back. Teacher brings wheelchair down.
6PM – Dinner at McDonald’s
Enter restaurant by ramp (?) which is blocked by Happy Meal toy display. Toilet stall is too narrow for wheelchair.
7PM Hard Off (store selling second-hand goods)
Purpose of visit is to buy a CD player for mother to use in her classes. Only problem is, CD players are on the second floor. No elevator. Adventurous parents bring daughter up the escalator in her wheelchair! Store clerks look on with some concern as mother later descends stairs with daughter on back, and father carries wheelchair down. No one offers to help or apologizes for inaccessibility of store.