THE FOUNDER of NIPPON LIGHTHOUSE
gquoted from the editorial of the Asahi Press dated October 28,
'54, the day he diedh
It will probably be Miss Helen keller who grieved at the death of Mr. Takeo lwahashi more deeply than anyone else. Mr. Iwahashi, as the Director of the Lighthouse, dedicated himself to the work for the blind and made a great contribution. Their friendship tied firmly by human love and human agony, continued over 20 years. Mr. Iwahashi looked up to her as the light in his heart and invited her twice When the canary he had presented to her died, to Japan.
Miss Keller wept out that poor Takeo had died. It is beyond our conjecture how serious a shock it was for him when he lost sight during the student days at Waseda University, and he used to say he owed it to his mother that he could stand up again. His mother's love and prayer saved him from the depths of despair. After he resumed the study at Kansei Gakuin University his young sister accompanied him every day and helped him make notes of the lectures. Dr. Bunsho Jugaku, a famous scholar of English literature, rendered him the various help as one of his class-mates and later as his brother-in-law. He could restore the courage and cheer surrounded by these warm-hearted dedicated people, and set up a center for the blind 'Lighthouse', and made the efforts to promote the friendly relationship between Japan and USA, as well as being an advocate of the self-help movement of the blind people in Japan.
In 1920's, there was not enogh understanding nor cooperation from the general public and his indomitable spirit and religious faith were the motive power of his activity.
There was sometimes a friction around him but we should not attribute it to the narrow-mindness of a disabled person.
Love is a torch of life and his life was a torch for many people struggling in the darness. May glory and everlasting light be with the Lighthouse which lost the master !