Recommended reading: “Founder of Aikido (14): Your Father Is Just Fine As He Is” by Kisshomaru Ueshiba

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I have no real way of understanding the Founder’s genuine feelings toward his father, Yoroku, or those of Yoroku toward his son. However, I can guess that Yoroku had a certain trust or ambition for the Founder although he never verbalized this. Outwardly, he always appeared to be satisfied with his son. I’ve already mentioned several times how the Founder had used up all of his inheritence in pursuit of his ideals. And also you will remember how Yoroku gave unsparingly of his own fortune, the results of his own efforts to help his son. I’ve heard the story that Yoroku had traveled to Shirataki taking the family registry there from Wakayama to follow his son. I don’t know if he actually intended to transfer the family home, but it is a fact that he once visited Shirataki. If he did carry the family registry there with him, he must have planned to stay there permanently. But Kiku, the younger sister, remembers the old man saying, “If it’s always this cold, I can’t possibly stay here all the time,” and so he returned to the south and reinstated the family records in Wakayama.

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