The Hamagurihama Project came about as a result of the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Kameyama Sensei, resident of the village started to project as a way to save the village from falling into obscurity. Now, instead of a site reflecting of the disaster, Hamagurihama is a place people can come to reflect on the event and their lives, as well as a learn and practice the old ways of Japan. The Hamagurihama Project is a beautiful story of the strength of the human character in the face of great tragedy.
Koji Kobayashi is a deaf-blind man living in Nagoya, Japan. Suffering from Usher's Syndrom, a relatively rare genetic disorder, he began loosing his sight and hearing as a child. Since then he has become an advocate for disabled person's rights in Japan. He has traveled abroad to study how other countries help their deaf-blind citizens and brought what he has learned to Japan to help improve the system overall. Koji talks about a range of issues inherent with being deaf-blind ranging from the ability to work within society to the feelings of isolation that all deaf-blind people occasionally, or frequently, experience.