Founder of Aikido (10): From Nothing to Something by Kisshomaru Ueshiba

Shirataki village, in Monbetsu County, Hokkaido, was founded in 1912 when independent settlers and a group of 54 families from Wakayama Prefecture (under O-Sensei’s leadership) settled the area along the Central Highway from Shirataki Horokasawa to Kami-Shirataki. The group, which was a conglomeration of farmers and fishermen, left Wakayama on March 29, 1912, and traveled by train to Hokkaido where they were met by Mr. Iwai, a successful dairy farmer in Aibetsu, who was also from Wakayama.

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