About Hiro
Welcome to See What I Sea

Mitsuhiro “Hiro” Iwamoto is a totally blind but excellent sailor who endeavors to cross the Pacific Ocean from San Diego, where he lives, to Japan, where he was born. He does not chase fame but a dream to help others, especially young people who feel useless and worthless. Please lean more about Hiro and join us to support his dream!

 

Hiro was born with weak eyesight, became fully blind in middle school. His condition was total blindness, the complete lack of form and visual light perception and is clinically recorded as NLP, an abbreviation for "no light perception."

 

He faced the harsh reality of blindness during his formative teenage years and suffered through a period of fear and pain not commonly experienced by a typical teenager. However, he pulled through this tough period and began to lead a life that did not see blindness as a handicap.

 

He turned blindness into a good fortune by developing his other senses, especially the sense of touch and developed his career, “Shishinjutsu”, a new kind of healing therapy that blends the principles of Acupuncture with the other ancient energy healing arts. Today, he has a successful practice offering his special treatment program to clients throughout California. His life style and dream have been reported online as well as magazines.

 

Hiro was born with weak eyesight, became fully blind in middle school. His condition was total blindness, the complete lack of form and visual light perception and is clinically recorded as NLP, an abbreviation for "no light perception."  

 

He faced the harsh reality of blindness during his formative teenage years and suffered through a period of fear and pain not commonly experienced by a typical teenager. However, he pulled through this tough period and began to lead a life that did not see blindness as a handicap.

 

He turned blindness into a good fortune by developing his other senses, especially the sense of touch and developed his career, “Shishinjutsu”, a new kind of healing therapy that blends the principles of Acupuncture with the other ancient energy healing arts. Today, he has a successful practice offering his special treatment program to clients throughout California. His life style and dream have been reported online as well as magazines.

 

 


 Video of San Diego Half Marathon 2014

 

Practice with Mr. Otsuka and Hiro's coach, Ritsuko Huth, in 2013


Past Challenges

Hiro has been a competitive sailor in US as well as in Japan for several years. In 2006, he competed the Blind Sailing World Champion at Newport, Rhode Island as the Helmsman for Team Japan.

 

Hiro has also been training and competing as a runner in Southern California. He competed in his first half marathon in 2010 and his second in the first San Diego Half Marathon on March 11, 2012. 

 

The first See What I Sea Meeting was held on March 11, 2012.

Following the 2012 San Diego Half Marathon, and on the one year annivesary of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, over 20 people gathered to show support for the project to make Hiro's dream come true.  Hiro's run was in honor of the victims of Japan, and  he started his speech with a moment of silent prayer.  Hiro describe his experience as a blind runner that day, and shared his passion for sailing across the Pacific Ocean. Amazing food and drink were generously provided by veteran sailor/chef, Kitamura-san, and project co-chair Otake-san. The meeting was held at the Otakes' residence.

 

Racing Experience

2012 U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship

2012 California Invitational Blind Sailing Regatta

2010 Blind Sailing National Championship Newport, Rhode Island (J 22, Driver)

2010 Border Run Newport Beach to Coronado Island to San Diego (Nelson Marek 43, Main Sheet Trimmer)

2009 Blind Sailing National Championship Newport, Rhode Island (J 22, Driver)  

2009 Border Run Newport Beach to Coronado Island to San Diego (Nelson Marek 43, Main Sheet Trimmer)

2008 Blind Sailing National Championship Newport, Rhode Island (J 22, Driver)  

2006 IFDS Blind Sailing World Championship Newport, Rhode Island (Sonar, Driver)  

2005 6th Japan Blind Sailing Championship Hayama, Kanagawa in Japan (Y 30, Driver)

2005 14th Tokyo's Cup Tokyo to Oshima Island in Japan (ILC 40, Jib Sheet Trimmer)

 


Will you be Hiro's sailing supporters?

We are looking for collaborators and volunteers to sail with him on a regular basis and possibly a crew position for Transpac 2013. Hiro is an experienced sailor with great personality looking for more offshore experience to make his dream come true.If you can help us by including Hiro in your crew, or know of someone else who could be interested in helping us and Hiro please contact us. If you have any questions and would like to speak with us and Hiro please contact at dream@seewhatisea.com.


Hiro wants your support.   

This is See What I Sea's own fund-raising to support Hiro. Japanese TV program production "Project D2" is not involved in our activities.

He is looking for a crew position in 2015 Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac). It is an essential challenge for him before the big challenge. Your donation will be used to cover this endeavor.

 

Wire Transfer/Direct Deposit

For donation wiring instructions please contact us at dream@seewhatisea.com

 

Mail

Send checks and money orders payable to "See What I Sea Project" to:

See What I Sea Project

c/o Ehime Pearl Inc.

4660 La Jolla Village Dr.,suite #500 San Diego,CA 92122


We need your help.

We are looking for people who want to contribute to this project. Except for accountant, sailing assistants and reporters, you can help us from anywhere in the world. Please contact us at dream@seewhatisea.com.

 

People we want are:

  • Website manager who knows HTML and has time to update the website on a regular basis
  • Accountant who can report the project financial result once a month
  • Video editor who can edit and upload videos on demand
  • Sailing assistants who can drive and sail in the weekend
  • Editors/Reporter who can talk with Hiro and make reports on a regular basis