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HIRANO, NARITOKI 平野成秋

(14 October 1926-13 May 2005). Born Kyoto. Graduated from elementary school in 1939 at which time begins practice of AIKI BUDO. Met Morihei Ueshiba in 1948. Graduated from Ritsumeikan University with major in Literature in March 1951 after which becoming an UCHIDESHI of Ueshiba in IWAMA. Later, according to the wishes of Ueshiba, settled in TANABE City, Wakayama Prefecture establishing a dojo in KOZANJI Temple. Caretaker for Ueshiba family home and gravesite in Tanabe.