Historical Photo: Morihei Ueshiba in front of Shimbuden Dojo in Manchuria, 1942, by Stanley Pranin

This photo was taken in 1942 in front of the Shimbuden Dojo, part of the campus of Kenkoku University in Japanese-occupied Manchuria. Seated in the center are Kenji Tomiki and Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. Standing in the back row second from the left are Hideo Oba, and second from the right, Shigenobu Okumura.

This photograph was taken in the summer of 1942 at the time of a demonstration given at the university’s martial arts hall, the Shimbuden. The occasion was the 10th anniversary of the founding of Manchukuo, the Japanese puppet government of Manchuria, whose titular head was Pu Yi, China’s “Last Emperor.”


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