Aikido Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba (1921-1999): An Obituary

Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Aikido Doshu, passed away on Monday, 4 January, 1999, at the age of 77. The cause of death was respiratory failure. The otsuya ceremony (watching with the body) was held at the Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, on Friday, 6 January, and was followed a day later by a funeral ceremony, also held at the Hombu Dojo. Both ceremonies were attended by well over 1,000 people, from Japan and the rest of the world. There was a similar large attendance at the Farewell Ceremony, which took place on 17 January at the Aoyama Funeral Hall in Tokyo.


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