Recommended reading: “Founder of Aikido (15): Move To Ayabe” by Kisshomaru Ueshiba

The article below has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

It was the late spring of 1920 that he moved to Ayabe. He was 37. Initially, they rented a two-story house in Ayabe, just outside the west gate of Omoto. The first thing the Founder did was to buy sixty bales of rice, enough to feed a family of six for two or three years. It sounds so much like him, to feel that as long as he had thus secured the supply of food for the family, he was free to do as he pleased. Soon after, on Master Deguchi’s recommendation, they moved to another house beside a bamboo forest behind the old elementary school at the foot of Hongu (Main Hall) Mountain. Master Onisaburo said, “You are the person who will become the No. 1 budo man in Japan,” explaining why he had chosen that particular location.

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