Team – チーム

Mitsuhiro “Hiro” Iwamoto




Hiro Iwamoto is a blind sailor who endeavors to cross the Pacific Ocean from San Diego, where he lives, to Japan, where he was born, as a message to all that blindness and other disadvantages can be overcome.  His first attempt to sail from Japan to San Diego in 2013 ended when his boat struck a whale approximately 600 nautical miles off the coast of Japan and sank. 

Hiro became fully blind at the age of 16.  His condition is total blindness- the complete lack of any light perception.  After battling depression and contemplating suicide, Hiro found meaning for himself in helping and inspiring others.  Hiro never gives up and is always ready for a challenge. He is a member of the Blind Stokers tandem bicycling club of San Diego and recently completed the IRONMAN competition in Arizona.  Hiro’s story

Having lost all of his equipment when the boat sank on the last challenge, Hiro is raising funds to replace lost equipment and to cover personal expenses to undertake this voyage.  Any money raised above those needs will all be donated, pro rata, to the charities above in addition to the $10,000 the team is donating. Details can be found here.









Doug Smith




Doug Smith moved to Japan from the United States in 1990 where he started a career in real estate, met his wife, Naomi, and made a new life, including having two daughters, Rachael and Hana.  Feeling fortunate for the opportunities he has had, he is looking for ways to help others and support causes he cares about.

Doug feels strongly about the power of the organizations the team is supporting to make a real difference in the world.  No miracle breakthrough is needed to keep people from going blind and returning sight to those blinded by cataracts, just awareness and relatively modest resources.  The impact on those individuals is obvious.  As importantly, by preventing and curing blindness,  we free those who would otherwise be supporting the blind, usually young children, to pursue  their own dreams.





Dream Weaver



“Dream Weaver” is a 40-foot cutter berthed in San Diego.  The name “Dream Weaver” derives from a couple of strands of thought:  First, the interconnectedness of life: each interaction/deed/action, while shared, is simultaneously a separate thread in the stories of the lives of those involved and propagates, like a wave (a weaving),  through time and space so that none of us will ever fully comprehend our contributions to the tapestry of life.  Second, a simple acknowledgement that in sailing, as in life, there is no straight line to the goal.  Rather, we set off pursuing a dream and weave- “tack” in sailing terms – to our destination.

サンディエゴに停泊する全長12メートルのカッター。名前のDream Weaver は日本語で「夢を織る者」という意味。

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Organizations We Support – わたしたちが支援する団体

The Himalayan Cataract Foundation , Trachoma Control Program , Challenged Athletes Foundation, and Safecast. The team will match, up to $2,500 for each charity (a total of $10,000), any properly evidenced donations to these organizations to promote awareness and support them.

THE HIMALAYAN CATARACT PROJECT BRINGS WORLD-CLASS EYE CARE TO THE NEEDLESSLY BLIND and works to eradicate preventable and curable blindness in the developing world with a steadfast commitment to training local providers and working with partners to leverage impact. Of the more than 39 million people worldwide suffering from unnecessary blindness, more than half are due to cataract which can be surgically treated. Numerous studies have shown that sight restoration with cataract surgery is among the most cost-effective interventions in health care.

*For matching donations, please make sure to donate to HCP through our Crowdrise page:

The TRACHOMA CONTROL PROGRAM is marking its 20th anniversary in 2018. The program works with ministries of health in six African countries to eliminate blinding trachoma, the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness. Trachoma is a bacterial eye infection found in poor, isolated communities lacking basic hygiene, clean water, and adequate sanitation.

It is the mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges, so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. The Challenged Athletes Foundation believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.


*For matching donations, please make sure to donate to CAF through our fundraising page:

SAFECAST IS A GLOBAL VOLUNTER-CENTERED CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT working to empower people with data about their environments that developed out of a dedicated group of individuals response to the March 11, 2011 earthquake in Japan. We believe that having more freely available open data is better for everyone. Everything we do is aimed at putting data and data collection know-how in the hands of people worldwide. From the outset, Safecast has not sided with either the pro- or anti-nuclear camps, and has striven to demonstrate the advantages to science and to the public of having an independent organization devoted solely to providing the most accurate and credible data possible.

わたしたちは以下の団体の活動に世間の関心を高めることを目的として、それぞれの団体に2,500 USドル(総額10,000ドル/ 日本円にして115万円* 1ドル=115円換算)までの金額をマッチングギフトとして寄付します。

【The Himalayan Cataract Foundation 】




【Trachoma Control Program 】


【Challenged Athletes Foundation】







3 月 11 日の地震およびそれに伴う福島第一原発事故が発生して以来、現在私達が最も重視しているのは日本の放射線ですが、この活動を通して、世界規模でより多くの環境データが必要とされていることを認識するに至りました。

この団体は、International Medcom 社や慶應義塾大学などの協力団体と協働し、警戒区域周辺を含む日本全国に配置された、固定センサーおよび移動センサーから成る放射線センサーネットワークを構築してきました。Safecast は、長期的な活動としてこれらニーズに取り組みます。Safecast は米国に拠点を置く組織ですが、現在は日本での現場活動に重点を置いています。