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Learning Japanese While Legally Blind (Tony Dot Vega) | Japan Station 33

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On This Episode of Japan Station

On this special solo episode of the Japan Station podcast, I discuss being visually impaired and how my decision to study abroad in Japan helped me realize that I wasn’t limited by the loss of my eyesight.

About Tony Dot Vega

Tony Dot Vega is a writer, editor, and podcaster. He has lived in Japan as both a student and participant of the JET Programme. He possesses an M.A. in Japanese language and linguistics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Tony is the creator of Japankyo.com and he produces both the Japan Station Ichimon Japan podcasts. Tony enjoys pizza, sushi, burritos, puns, and overanalyzing absurd things.

Topics Discussed

  • The process of becoming legally blind due to Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON)
  • Deciding to study Japanese in college
  • The first time Tony went to Japan
  • Difficulties adjusting to life with low vision
  • Deciding to study abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata City, Osaka
  • Tony’s decision to study Japanese every single day before leaving to study abroad
  • How studying abroad in Japan made Tony realize that he was capable of much more than he thought he was
  • And much more!

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Links, Videos, Etc.

If you want to find out more about Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, a.k.a. LHON, check out the links below

You can learn more about the Asian Studied Program at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka via the link below.

To learn more about Wasabi magazine, check out the links below.

To learn more about Tony Vega, one thing you can do is check out episode zero of his other podcast, Ichimon Japan.

If this episode got you motivated to study Japanese and pick up some books or other study resources, consider using the Amazon affiliate link below to do your shopping. It won’t cost you any extra and it helps support the show.

Special Thanks

Opening/Closing song: Oedo Controller (Ś§ßśĪüśął„ā≥„É≥„Éą„É≠„Éľ„É©„Éľ) by Yunomi featuring Toriena (Used with permission from Yunomi)
To listen to more of Yunomi’s music, check out his Soundcloud page or YouTube channel.

Japan Station cover art: Provided by Erik R.

Images: Courtesy of Susan Spann

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