Yasuaki Deguchi: The Omoto Religion and Aikido (12)

In our ongoing effort to understand the thought of aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba, Aikido Journal has been studying those personalities who influenced his philosophical and spiritual views. Onisaburo Deguchi, late Seishi of the Omoto religion, was certainly the most important of these. Onisaburo’s grandson, Yasuaki Deguchi, has been of tremendous assistance in helping us understand aspects of Onisaburo — his charisma, his humanity, his colorful views —that more often than not fall through the cracks of historical record.

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