Hi-Res Portraits of Aikido’s Three Doshu
We are now offering a set of five hi-res images of Aikido’s Three Doshu: Founder Morihei Ueshiba, Second Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Third Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba. These three figures are among the most important in Aikido history and have been the center of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo system of leadership. $19.99.
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We are now offering a set of five hi-res images of Aikido’s Three Doshu: Founder Morihei Ueshiba, Second Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Third Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba. These three figures are among the most important in Aikido history and have been the center of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo system of leadership.
Aikido’s Founder Morihei Ueshiba assumed the title of Doshu in the postwar period. Upon his death in 1969, his son Kisshomaru Ueshiba became the Second Doshu. In his footsteps, Moriteru Ueshiba became aikido’s third and current Doshu upon his father’s passing in 1999.
The first image is a high-resolution version of one of the most famous photo portraits of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. It was taken in Shingu in 1960 when the Founder was 76 years of age. Morihei is seated facing forward, his gaze directly into the camera. His countenance reveals a man of great spiritual depth and experience tinged with kindness. Morihei is elegantly dressed in formal Japanese kimono. This image appears to be one of the earliest formal photos of Morihei Ueshiba from the postwar period and was displayed in the shomen of many foreign dojos in the early days of aikido, especially in Europe.
The second and third images of father and son, Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Moriteru Ueshiba, were taken within minutes of each other in May 1997 at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. The occasion was the annual All-Japan Aikido Demonstration. Both color and black & white versions of these two photos are included in the set to allow the maximum flexibility when preparing dojo displays.
The size of the image files is 13″ x 19″ (329 x 483mm), and thus the photos are scalable, and suitable for high-quality printing, framing and dojo display. These important historical photos are being offered as a set in high-resolution for the first time. You will be able to scale and print out the image at any size or resolution you choose. You can also take it to any copy and print service for high-quality output to a poster size for personal or dojo display. These beautiful formal portraits are ideally suited for use as a shomen photo and will greatly enhance the look and dignity of any aikido dojo!
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