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Japanese wheelchair dancer dreams of performing at Olympics ceremony
Born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, Kenta Kambara aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies, seeking to send a message to disabled and able-bodied people alike: it's okay to be different.
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The Wider Image: Meet the Japanese wheelchair dancer who dreams of performing at Olympics ceremony
Kenta Kambara, 34, performs onstage during 'Challenge & Move' a dance event in Tokyo, Japan, February 8, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. "If you can't walk with your legs, it's okay to walk with your hands. If there is something you want to do but cannot, it's okay to find another way," he said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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The Wider Image: Meet the Japanese wheelchair dancer who dreams of performing at Olympics ceremony
Kenta Kambara, 34, rehearses for an upcoming performance at a studio in Tokyo, Japan, February 1, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. "If you can't walk with your legs, it's okay to walk with your hands. If there is something you want to do but cannot, it's okay to find another way," he said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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The Wider Image: Meet the Japanese wheelchair dancer who dreams of performing at Olympics ceremony
School children touch Kenta Kambara's arm after listening to a lecture he had given at an elementary school in Tokyo, Japan, February 21, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. "These days, people use the keyword 'diversity' but not many people have experienced it themselves," he said. "I want people to understand by seeing me dance that it's precisely because my body is different that it is interesting. Then that will become a trigger to accept other people's differences." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Kenta Kambara, 34, performs onstage during 'Challenge & Move' a dance event in Tokyo, Japan, February...
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The Wider Image: Meet the Japanese wheelchair dancer who dreams of performing at Olympics ceremony
Kenta Kambara, 34, performs onstage during 'Challenge & Move' a dance event in Tokyo, Japan, February 8, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralyzed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. "If you can't walk with your legs, it's okay to walk with your hands. If there is something you want to do but cannot, it's okay to find another way,' he said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH 'WHEELCHAIR DANCER' FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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The Wider Image: Meet the Japanese wheelchair dancer who dreams of performing at Olympics ceremony
Chie Kambara hands their sleeping daughter Shiori, 2, to her husband Kenta at their home in Tokyo, Japan February 9, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. "These days, people use the keyword 'diversity' but not many people have experienced it themselves," he said. "I want people to understand by seeing me dance that it's precisely because my body is different that it is interesting. Then that will become a trigger to accept other people's differences." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Kenta Kambara, 34, flexes his upper body muscles as he gets ready to perform at 'Challenge & Move' a...
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Kenta Kambara, 34, flexes his upper body muscles as he gets ready to perform at 'Challenge & Move' a dance event in Tokyo, Japan, February 8, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralyzed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. 'These days, people use the keyword 'diversity' but not many people have experienced it themselves,' he said. 'I want people to understand by seeing me dance that it's precisely because my body is different that it is interesting. Then that will become a trigger to accept other people's differences. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH 'WHEELCHAIR DANCER' FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Kenta Kambara, 34, performs a dance as part of a lecture for an elementary school in Tokyo, Japan, February...
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Kenta Kambara, 34, performs a dance as part of a lecture for an elementary school in Tokyo, Japan, February 21, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. "I'd already come to terms with my disability before I began dancing so it's not as if dancing 'saved' me. But before I started dancing, I often felt my wheelchair was cumbersome in my daily life ...But when it comes to dancing, I feel my use of a wheelchair makes it unique," Kambara said. "Disabilities have a negative image, but when it comes to dance, this is something only I can do." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Kenta Kambara, 34, poses for a photo while his daughter Shiori, 2, walks past him, next to an Olympic...
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The Wider Image: Meet the Japanese wheelchair dancer who dreams of performing at Olympics ceremony
Kenta Kambara, 34, poses for a photo while his daughter Shiori, 2, walks past him, next to an Olympic Rings symbol in front of the Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo, Japan, February 22, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralyzed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. 'If you can't walk with your legs, it's okay to walk with your hands. If there is something you want to do but cannot, it's okay to find another way,' he said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH 'WHEELCHAIR DANCER' FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Kenta Kambara, 34, poses with a fan after performing at 'Challenge & Move', a dance event in Tokyo, Japan,...
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The Wider Image: Meet the Japanese wheelchair dancer who dreams of performing at Olympics ceremony
Kenta Kambara, 34, poses with a fan after performing at 'Challenge & Move', a dance event in Tokyo, Japan, February 8, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. "I'd already come to terms with my disability before I began dancing so it's not as if dancing 'saved' me. But before I started dancing, I often felt my wheelchair was cumbersome in my daily life... But when it comes to dancing, I feel my use of a wheelchair makes it unique," Kambara said. "Disabilities have a negative image, but when it comes to dance, this is something only I can do." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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The Wider Image: Meet the Japanese wheelchair dancer who dreams of performing at Olympics ceremony
The audience reacts after Kenta Kambara's performance at 'Challenge & Move' a dancing event in Tokyo, Japan, February 8, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH 'WHEELCHAIR DANCER' FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Kenta Kambara, 34, examines a stage ahead of a performance for 'Challenge & Move' a dance event in Tokyo,...
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The Wider Image: Meet the Japanese wheelchair dancer who dreams of performing at Olympics ceremony
Kenta Kambara, 34, examines a stage ahead of a performance for 'Challenge & Move' a dance event in Tokyo, Japan, February 8, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. "If you can't walk with your legs, it's okay to walk with your hands. If there is something you want to do but cannot, it's okay to find another way," he said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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The Wider Image: Meet the Japanese wheelchair dancer who dreams of performing at Olympics ceremony
Kenta Kambara, 34, laughs with another dancer during a break at a rehearsal for an upcoming performance, at a studio in Tokyo, Japan, February 1, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. "I'd already come to terms with my disability before I began dancing so it's not as if dancing 'saved' me. But before I started dancing, I often felt my wheelchair was cumbersome in my daily life ...But when it comes to dancing, I feel my use of a wheelchair makes it unique," Kambara said. "Disabilities have a negative image, but when it comes to dance, this is something only I can do." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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The Wider Image: Meet the Japanese wheelchair dancer who dreams of performing at Olympics ceremony
Kenta Kambara, 34, stretches during a break at a rehearsal for an upcoming performance, at a studio in Tokyo, Japan, February 1, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. "These days, people use the keyword 'diversity' but not many people have experienced it themselves," he said. "I want people to understand by seeing me dance that it's precisely because my body is different that it is interesting. Then that will become a trigger to accept other people's differences." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Kenta Kambara, 34, sits on his wheelchair as he rides an escalator at a subway station in Tokyo, Japan,...
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Kenta Kambara, 34, sits on his wheelchair as he rides an escalator at a subway station in Tokyo, Japan, February 8, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralyzed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. 'These days, people use the keyword 'diversity' but not many people have experienced it themselves,' he said. 'I want people to understand by seeing me dance that it's precisely because my body is different that it is interesting. Then that will become a trigger to accept other people's differences.' REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH 'WHEELCHAIR DANCER' FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH 'WIDER IMAGE' FOR ALL STORIES.
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Kenta Kambara, 34, rides the Tokyo Metro on his wheelchair as he makes his way home after performing at the dance event 'Challenge & Move', in Tokyo, Japan, February 8, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. "These days, people use the keyword 'diversity' but not many people have experienced it themselves," he said. "I want people to understand by seeing me dance that it's precisely because my body is different that it is interesting. Then that will become a trigger to accept other people's differences." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Shiori Kambara, 2, sits on her father Kenta's lap as they make their way home after visiting the Japan...
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Shiori Kambara, 2, sits on her father Kenta's lap as they make their way home after visiting the Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo, Japan, February 22, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. "These days, people use the keyword 'diversity' but not many people have experienced it themselves," he said. "I want people to understand by seeing me dance that it's precisely because my body is different that it is interesting. Then that will become a trigger to accept other people's differences." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Kenta Kambara, 34, shows his daughter Shiori, 2, Tokyo 2020 Paralympics posters displayed at a subway...
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The Wider Image: Meet the Japanese wheelchair dancer who dreams of performing at Olympics ceremony
Kenta Kambara, 34, shows his daughter Shiori, 2, Tokyo 2020 Paralympics posters displayed at a subway station in Tokyo, Japan, February 22, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. 'I'd already come to terms with my disability before I began dancing so it's not as if dancing 'saved' me. But before I started dancing, I often felt my wheelchair was cumbersome in my daily life ...But when it comes to dancing, I feel my use of a wheelchair makes it unique,' Kambara said. 'Disabilities have a negative image, but when it comes to dance, this is something only I can do.' REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH 'WHEELCHAIR DANCER' FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Kenta, his wife Chie and his daughter Shiori Kambara, 2, react as they watch TV at their home in Tokyo,...
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Kenta, his wife Chie and his daughter Shiori Kambara, 2, react as they watch TV at their home in Tokyo, Japan, February 9, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. "These days, people use the keyword 'diversity' but not many people have experienced it themselves," he said. "I want people to understand by seeing me dance that it's precisely because my body is different that it is interesting. Then that will become a trigger to accept other people's differences." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Kenta Kambara's daughter Shiori, 2, imitates her father's sitting pose, at their home in Tokyo, Japan,...
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Kenta Kambara's daughter Shiori, 2, imitates her father's sitting pose, at their home in Tokyo, Japan, February 9, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralyzed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. Although he had long tended to hide his paralyzed legs out of embarrassment, that feeling changes when he dances. "What I had been hiding becomes something unique that moves people's hearts,' he said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH 'WIDER IMAGE' FOR ALL STORIES.
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Kenta Kambara, 34, plays with his daughter Shiori, 2, at their home in Tokyo, Japan, February 9, 2020....
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The Wider Image: Meet the Japanese wheelchair dancer who dreams of performing at Olympics ceremony
Kenta Kambara, 34, plays with his daughter Shiori, 2, at their home in Tokyo, Japan, February 9, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. "These days, people use the keyword 'diversity' but not many people have experienced it themselves," he said. "I want people to understand by seeing me dance that it's precisely because my body is different that it is interesting. Then that will become a trigger to accept other people's differences." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Kenta Kambara, 34, rolls up his trousers while showing his legs to Reuters at his home in Tokyo, Japan, February 9, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. Although he had long tended to hide his paralysed legs out of embarrassment, that feeling changes when he dances. "What I had been hiding becomes something unique that moves people's hearts," he said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Kenta Kambara, 34, uses a skateboard to move clothing back to his wardrobe after helping Chie, his wife,...
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Kenta Kambara, 34, uses a skateboard to move clothing back to his wardrobe after helping Chie, his wife, with laundry at their home in Tokyo, Japan, February 9, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. These days, people use the keyword 'diversity' but not many people have experienced it themselves,' he said. 'I want people to understand by seeing me dance that it's precisely because my body is different that it is interesting. Then that will become a trigger to accept other people's differences. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH 'WHEELCHAIR DANCER' FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Kenta Kambara, 34, makes his way back home on his wheelchair after visiting the Japan Olympic Museum,...
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Kenta Kambara, 34, makes his way back home on his wheelchair after visiting the Japan Olympic Museum, in Tokyo, Japan, February 22, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. "These days, people use the keyword 'diversity' but not many people have experienced it themselves," he said. "I want people to understand by seeing me dance that it's precisely because my body is different that it is interesting. Then that will become a trigger to accept other people's differences." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Kenta Kambara, 34, removes his shoes as he gets ready to pose next to an Olympic Rings symbol for a photo in front of the Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo, Japan, February 22, 2020. Kambara who was born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies. "If you can't walk with your legs, it's okay to walk with your hands. If there is something you want to do but cannot, it's okay to find another way," he said. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "WHEELCHAIR DANCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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