Onkyo Corporation, an audio and visual equipment manufacture, and the Braille Mainichi (The Mainichi Newspapers) created the “Onkyo Braille Essay Contest” in 2003, and it has been held annually since then. Through this contest, we hope to build a bridge between Braille and sound for the visually disabled who are extremely sensitive to the warmth that connects all people. The 11th contest held this year invited entries from Japan for the Japanese Category as well as entries from 108 countries for the International Category: 21 countries and regions in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) under World Blind Union Asia Pacific (WBU-AP), 21 countries in West Asia, Central Asia, and Middle East under Asian Blind Union (ABU), 45 countries in Europe under European Blind Union (EBU), and 21 countries in North America and the Caribbean under World Blind Union North America and Caribbean (WBU-NAC). As an international essay contest, the event promotes cross-cultural communication and serves as a bridge across an increasingly complex global community. We hope that the lives and thoughts of the visually disabled both at home and overseas will reach readers’ hearts and the harmony we create together will resonate throughout society.
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