“Adults are to grow up to be one who spontaneously loves others in spite of many difficulties they face.” This passage is the famous words Chihiro Iwasaki left us. We can read it as an essay in this book.
Reading this essay hung on the wall in “Iwasaki Chihiro Museum”, I was really impressed. I’ve loved her drawings which have been familiar to me, but above all, what she writes is quite prominent. I bought this book, of course, because I want to enjoy her words genuinely and profoundly. Her passages are so beautiful and filled with words which flow like a transparent river.
It is the unfamiliar fact that Chihiro Iwasaki was an impassioned woman. When she hadn’t received a letter from her husband, she wrote “I wonder if Yoshiaki abandoned me”, she became a member of the Communist Party under her solid resolution that we must not begin the war again, and she strongly reveals her resentment against “what attempts to break the peaceful, rich, cute and beautiful things which I love.” Pictures of children in watercolours which are pure and give a strong impression were all made on bases as such. She was a decisive woman and such characteristic is obviously expressed in her drawings.
When I read her text I always feel that it is brief and abundant in the same way as her drawings. it shows her attempt to express as many things as possible by means of simple words. “Little by little, I’m getting to recognise what it is, while making mistakes, coming out in a cold sweat.” It is one of the most difficult things to notice what everybody feels and put it into words. She is “an author” who is so successful to do it that it seems to me she carried on with a certain look at her own experiences.
In the book, what is richly written down is of her thought towards drawings, attitude for life and affection for her family. This is the one filled with the natural words which account for the figure of an intelligent woman Iwasaki Chihiro.