No matter how many times I go to see them, I can’t have them remember me. (snip) I feel a thrill go through because I can face them for the first time each time

Osamu Jareo



This contemporary dancing artist who has tried to dance with people with dementia was fascinated by the fact that he could not make himself understood. Now is the time when only empathy is required, which I think has severely detracted the attractive value of what you cannot have understood and what you cannot understand. The above words are quoted by a nurse, Masaru Nishikawa, who performed with Jareo, on Sendai Mediatheque periodical publication book, "Millefeuille" 03.


September 21, 2015

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun