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#18 "”Drawing” the emotions I can’t writting" Featuring Dyslexic Painter HAMAGUCHI EISHI

HAMAGUCHI could read “letters” but also had difficulty writing his own name. He could not copy the words on the blackboard at school and was perplexed by the heartless words of his classmates, “Anyone who can’t study like you is already going to be homeless in the future. Even the encouragement from his teachers was hard for him to hear. When he stopped going to school in the sixth grade, he chose to draw, which he had loved since childhood. He will discuss the reality of dyslexia, a disorder that is difficult for those around him to understand. The words of his mentor, who helped his talent blossom in the world of art. What is “painting” to him? He talks with MC Hikaru Takahashi and navigator LiLiCo.


  1. HAMAGUCHI has been drawing every day since he was 3 years old, and his talent has blossomed and he is still active as a painter and picture book artist at the age of 20. He suffered from dyslexia from an early age and was unable to adjust to school life and stopped going to school. He participated as the first scholar candidate in the "ROCKET" project (sponsored by the Nippon Foundation and the University of Tokyo) in 2014, where those with outstanding talent are selected. He learned a great deal at the "ROCKET". He has now published four collections of his work and two picture books. His work is highly acclaimed both domestically and internationally, and he is actively engaged in holding solo exhibitions of his work.

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Navigator: LiLiCo

  1. She is a film commentator/TV personality.
    Born in Stockholm, Sweden. She has a Swedish father and a Japanese mother.
    Came to Japan at the age of 18 to become a singer, and began her entertainment career in 1989.
    She has appeared as a movie commentator on TBS's "King's Brunch" as well as on J-WAVE's "ALL GOOD".
    She is also active as a voice actor, narrator and actor.

MC: Hikaru Takahashi

  1. In 2014, Takahashi won the Grand Prix for the 14th Japan Bishojo Content which led to her debut and immediate success through staring in various corporate commercials. Since then, she has appeared in numerous acclaimed works such as NHK Taiga Drama Onna Joushu Naotora (2017). Other than working as an actor, Takahashi has been active in a variety of fields including radio, television, and fashion.

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