English article: Helen Keller’s letter written during 1937 Japan visit 

June 24, 2015


A letter written by the American deaf-blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968) during her first visit to Japan has been discovered.

She traveled from New York to Yokohama in April 1937, her first of three visits to Japan, during which she met with the prime minister and officials of organizations representing the deaf and blind.

During Keller’s 1937 visit to Japan, The Asahi Shimbun sponsored her lectures and receptions and reported up-to-date news on her activities around the country.

The letter, addressed to the then president of The Asahi Shimbun and dated May 30, 1937, expresses her gratitude to the newspaper for “opening the people’s minds to the problems of the blind.”

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