The next major problem Teigo Iba had to contend with was at the Besshi Copper Mines where adversarial labor relations boiled over into open conflict in 1893 (26th year of the Meiji era). Although Iba left no paper trail documenting his emotional and cerebral responses to that issue, much can be gleaned from documents relating to Yajiro Shinagawa archived in the Modern Japanese Political History Materials Room of the National Diet. About 10 years ago, among letters addressed to Yajiro Shinagawa, I found one from Teigo Iba dated January 5, 1896 (29th year of the Meiji era). The letter is notable as a rare instance of Iba expressing discontent. Indeed, to my knowledge, it is the only surviving letter in which he gives vent to his frustration. In your mind’s eye you likely see Teigo Iba as a man full of self-confidence but this letter reveals his inner struggle. He writes: “My dear friend Shinagawa, allow me to express my dissatisfaction.” Reading his lengthy letter to Shinagawa, I recalled a poem Iba composed in Niihama: “Like dew on morning glory climbing on a trellis, I live in a simple rustic abode.” Iba likened himself to dew on a profusion of morning glory, which afforded me an insight into his feelings of impermanence and isolation.