A blind comedian Yutaro Hamada won the Japanese famous comedy contest R-1 Grand Prix on March 6, 2018. It’s praised over Japan as a brilliant achievement
Yutaro Hamada is 28 years old comic storyteller. He tells stories about his blindness mainly like “There’re black boards in the school for the blind he went” or “My mother sometimes explains something with gestures though we’ve lived for 28 years already”. He also told that “Buying a drink from a vending machine is a kind of gambling, because I couldn’t see where the drink I want to drink is. One of summer days, I wanted to drink an iced coffee or at least something cold, but the drink I bought was hot soup. I thought that there’s no God in this world!”
R-1 Grand Prix is one of the comedy contests in Japan, and it’s for a single comedian. The winner can get around 50,000 dollars, and a chance to be famous, because many people watch the contest.
He and his blind colleagues have events at schools or hospitals for blinds. Because sometimes comedies depend on visual appeal, and blind people can’t enjoy in those cases. People say “We should not laugh at disabled people” but it becomes obstruction for disabled people to do something. His winning might change the recognition a little about disabled people.