Ito, 14, tells me about being hit by a car when he was little.

His English is limited, but his eagerness to share the experience is palpable; and very moving; rather unusual for a Japanese boy.

"My mind got disconnected from my body. Doctors were operating on my body (vide scissors and other tools he sketched!) and my mouth was screaming "Stop, stop, stop!" 

But it was not my brain. My body was separate. I do not remember pain."