That article really adds to the humanization of Sokaku. Ellis Amdur opened up the gates to Takeda's life and humanity in his book, "Hidden in Plain Sight," but I wonder how many other articles are floating around out there, that contain even more anecdotal insights into his life and character.
I have to admit, though, the story of Sokaku chasing people out of his garden makes him come across as the quintessential cranky old man who sits on the porch and yells at the kids to "Get off my lawn!" Well, except that he chased them with a big stick. Getting tackled by a farm woman probably did not do anything to soften his crankitude, either.