Federation Japonaise D'escrime
Photographs by Keijiro KAI │ Interview & Text by Satoshi TAGUCHI
Born in 1977 in Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture. When he was 14, a surgical error left him with serious difficulties with his left hip. Later, he became passionately involved in wheelchair basketball. Was selected as the MVP of the Japan Wheelchair Basketball Championship, competed in the Athens Paralympics, and joined the professional league in Italy, becoming one of Japan’s most well-known wheelchair basketball players. Switched over to wheelchair fencing in March 2015, and is aiming for a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Born in 1985 in Kyoto Prefecture. Grew up in Shiga Prefecture. Started fencing in elementary school, and as he grew up, won repeat national titles in each age bracket. Won the All Japan Fencing Championships in his second year of high school, and has had a long reign as Japan’s top fencer. Won the silver medal for the men’s foil individual event in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and a silver medal for the men’s foil group event in the 2012 London Olympics—both a first for Japan. Has served as the President of the Federation Japonaise D'Escrime since 2017.