Founder of Aikido (13): The Big Fire and His Father’s Death by Kisshomaru Ueshiba

O-Sensei and his group expected to have a hard go of it in Hokkaido at first, and for a few years crops were poor, but after 1913 their life settled down thanks to the increasing income from lumbering. At the insistence of the ever active Ueshiba, the Shimizu Company moved their lumbering section from Setose to Shirataki and from that time until the great fire in 1917, they produced nearly 35.4 million board feet of lumber.


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