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[Documentary film] White bird

Daisuke Miyoshi / Ario Kawauchi


Kenji Shiratori, who lives in Ibaraki Prefecture, is blind but has been attending art exhibitions for more than 20 years as an "art appreciator. His way of appreciating art is through dialogue, in which both the blind and the sighted use "conversation" to face the work. This film follows the activities and travels of Mr. Shiratori and his friends, as well as his daily life as a blind person, asking questions such as why they are fascinated by art, what and how much can "words" convey, and what does it mean to accurately appreciate and understand artworks? --These are just a few of the questions that will be posed as we explore the endless possibilities for different people to appreciate art together.

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Basic information of the work

Screening time
50 minuets
1,000yen(tax include) Viewing Period 240hours / 10days
1,800 yen (tax included) / month
30,000 yen (tax included) / year * Other benefits are available
Delivery deadline
There is no plan to end the distribution.
Art Documentary Film

Accessibility of this work

  • Audio guide
  • Sign language
  • Barrier-free subtitles
  • Subtitles
  • Multilingual
  • Dubbing
  • Artist’s original barrier-free version
  • Non-verbal
  • Friendly cinema screenings

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Accessibility of this work

UDcast Compatible Movies
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Barrier-free Japanese subtitles: In addition to the words being spoken and the name of the speaker, these subtitles include the main sound information such as music and sound effects. (UDCast compatible).
English subtitles: English subtitles that show the spoken word or the speaker’s name and the spoken word in text. (UDCast compatible).
Audio guide: For those who are blind or have difficulty seeing, visual information such as scenes and movements of people are provided through narration.

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A “diverse society” can be seen beyond the relationship of “helping” and “being helped,” a relationship of discovery together.

Message from artist / creator

This film records the free conversation between people who can see and people who cannot see through art appreciation, which depicts how it broadens our horizons beyond disabilities. We would like to share this fascination with other visually and hearing challenged people as well as take an opportunity to widely introduce “appreciation through words” which is a unique approach in the world.​ ​

Artist Profile

Kenji Shiratori

For the past 20 years, he has continued to appreciate art through “words” and now visits museums all over Japan as a “blind art viewer”. He has been a navigator for the “Session!” Appreciation tour with the visually impaired held at the Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Center for 10 years.

Daisuke Miyoshi

Film director and producer. After graduating from Nihon University College of Art, Department of Broadcasting, joined a video production company specializing in music. Focusing on music images, he handles a wide range of advertisements and documentaries. Since 2008, he has been a lecturer at the video studio of Tokyo University of the Arts. Moved to Azumino in 2011. Since 2018, he has been a researcher at the university’s graduate school. We are developing regional films nationwide that dig up the Showa 8mm film and co-create it with the citizens. In 2020, the base will be moved to a 150-year-old folk house in Matsumoto.

Ario Kawauchi

Non-fiction writer. After graduating from Nihon University College of Art, Department of Broadcasting, moved to the United States. After earning a master’s degree from Georgetown University, he worked for a US consulting firm and a UN agency in France for a total of 12 years before becoming independent. Currently devoted to writing activities as a non-fiction writer. His writings include “Looking for Baul” (33rd Jiro Nitta Literature Award Winner), “Short Going Giant” (16th Takeshi Kaiko Nonfiction Award Winner) and many others.


Cast: Kenji Shiratori, Maiko Sato, etc.
Produced by: Alps Pictures
Director: Daisuke Miyoshi / Ario Kawauchi
Shooting / Editing: Daisuke Miyoshi
Screenplay / Composition: Ario Kawauchi
Music: Kimiya Sato, Mayu Gonto (Full moon on the 3rd)
Animation: Toyoko Morishita, Seiji Morishita (Ms. Morison)
Sound design: Kei Shimizu
Title: Tamon Yahagi
Still photography: Katsuhiro Ichikawa
Production assistance: Sachiko Shintani

Cooperation: Ibaraki Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Center, Earth Art Festival, etc.