Photography by Tomoki Imai | Text by Satoshi Taguchi
Born in 1989 in Osaka City. Member of Avanzare Tsukuba. When he was five years old, his vision declined due to uveitis. Played football in elementary school, and track & field in middle and high school. Began playing blind football after entering the Tsukuba University of Technology. Was selected for the Japan national team in 2013, the same year he was diagnosed with blindness, and immediately scored a goal against Brazil. Has served as captain of the Japan national team since 2016.
Born in 1967 in Fujieda City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Went to Fujieda Higashi High School and the University of Tsukuba before becoming a member of Yamaha Motor (currently Júbilo Iwata) in 1990. Considered one of Japan's best strikers, having made a total of 157 goals, scored hat-tricks 4 games in a row, and more in the J1 League. Was the first Japanese person to score a goal at the World Cup. Currently a member of Azul Claro Numazu in the J3 League. Now also works as a football commentator.