*First broadcast on November 17, 2020. The city of Tokyo is normally crowded with tourists, but the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the city's sightseeing spots. In a series called Tokyo Stories, Peter Barakan meets Tokyo residents who are not originally from Japan, to hear how their lives have been affected. This time he meets Josh Grisdale, who was born in Canada. Due to cerebral palsy, Grisdale has only limited movement in his arms and legs. He talks about his daily life, and the theme of accessibility in the realm of tourism.
Peter Barakan and Josh Grisdale visit Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo
Grisdale talks about his experiences in a city struggling to cope with the pandemic
On his website, Grisdale publishes information about accessible tourism in Japan