One of the articles of a biographical nature I have written concerning the life of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba is titled Morihei in Tanabe. It covers the period from his birth to Tanabe in 1883 until his relocation to Hokkaido in 1912. This article introduces information that adds new perspectives to the understanding of Morihei’s formative years. – Stanley Pranin
Unlike other periods in the life of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, his early years in Tanabe and family circumstances are not well documented. Our principal sources of information on this period of Morihei’s life are the biography of Morihei Ueshiba published by his son Kisshomaru in 1977, later interviews and conversations with the author, and a few pages from the first biography of the Founder written by Kanemoto Sunadomari in 1969. To this can be added the recollections of members and relatives of the Ueshiba and Inoue families.
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