Kuraji Sasano has turned what could have been a bitter tragedy into a personal victory.?
GV EXTERIOR Mr. Sasano's house
CU Mr. Sasano nailing timbers (4 shots)
CU Mr. Sasano using wood chisel cutting groove in timber (2 shots)
CU Mr. Sasano chiselling groove and feeling surface
GV Mr. Sasano sitting astride timber while working
SV Mr. Sasano climbing over rafters
SV PAN around timbered walls
SV Mr. Sasano nailing planks onto wall (2 shots)
TV Mr. Sasano descending ladder
SV Mr. Sasano talking to wife (3 shots)
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Background: Kuraji Sasano has turned what could have been a bitter tragedy into a personal victory. Twenty years ago the Japanese carpenter suddenly went blind, and instead of giving up his trade, he set about relearning it. During the Last five years, Mr. Sasano has been building his own house, which he built unaided, and the only aids he used were his saw, his hammer and other small carpentry tools.
Kuraji who is 62 has never once fallen off a ladder although his wife, Setsuko, 12 years his junior, has fallen off twice. When Kuraji decided he wanted to build his own home, Setsuko went out to work as a dental assistant and set aside 10,000 yen a month (15 pounds sterling) towards timber and supplies for the house. Kuraji spends most of his time working in the house and hopes to have it finished in three years time - so long as the cost of building materials does not increase too much.
SYNOPSIS: For one man this house is a personal triumph. It may look like any other home in the small Japanese village of Arai, but the man who built it is very different - for Kuraji Sasano is blind. He went blind suddenly over twenty years ago, but was determined to carry on as a carpenter.
Sixty-two-year-old Kuraji began work on his home five years ago, and he has refused to use anything more complicated than the simplest tools.
When he went blind - Sasano felt the best way to relearn his trade was to build his own house, and the results are certainly impressive. He is as agile as any sighted person.
Watching Sasano at work, it is hard to believe he is totally blind. Doctors have been unable to find out what caused his sudden blindness - he came home from work one day complaining of tiredness, and two hours later, he could no longer see. Now, he is working on the upper rooms, but he has never fallen off his ladder although his wife, Setsuko, has - twice
Setsuko, twelve years Sasano's junior, went to work as a dental assistant to help pay for the materials for their home. They hope to have it finished in three years time.