Ron Tisdale wrote:
Time to visit the AJ archives Peter. Shioda Kancho was definately an uchideshi. Before the war, and for a time he and his family lived at Iwama after the war as well.
Depends on how you define uchideshi.
Used to be you lived in the masters house and in exchance for food, lodging and instruction you attended to his needs. Very few meet that strict definition.
Legal slavery - well not quite since payment was the instruction. It was not an easy life. The deshi being sent to Iwama to attend Ueshiba M. after the was often found the duty onnorous.