The November (138th) regular meeting was held

On Saturday, 24 November, Professor Saito Kurumi (Japan College of Social Work) was invited to speak at our open seminar. The theme was ‘”Sign language” — a magic of finger tips and facial expressions’.
Prof Saito’s speech started with her encounter with sign language. She went on to talk about a range of topics from differences between ‘Manually Coded Japanese’ and ‘Japanese Sign Language’ to ‘cultures of the hearing-impaired’, and to sign languages as minority languages. Many of the participants, whose initial conception of sign language was a mirror of expressions of spoken language, were much inspired by the new world sign language has to offer.