Welcome to AikiWeb Aikido Information
AikiWeb: The Source for Aikido Information
AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information.

aikido articles


dojo search
image gallery
links directory

book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews


rss feeds

Follow us on

Home > AikiWeb Aikido Forums
Go Back   AikiWeb Aikido Forums > AikiWeb System

Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history, humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.

If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced features available, you will need to register first. Registration is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!

Thread Tools
Old 09-21-2020, 07:51 AM   #1
AikiWeb System
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 1,320
Obituary: Hiroshi Somemiya Shihan (1932-2020)

Posted 2020-09-21 03:44:13 by Michael Leung

It is with great sorrow and deep regret that we have to announce Hiroshi Somemiya Shihan, 7th Dan Aikikai, passed away peacefully at home on 11th September at the age of 88. Somemiya Shihan is the Patron of our Dojo, Hong Kong Aikido Kan, a role he kindly took on following the passing of his close friend Kenneth Cottier Shihan in June 2008. He was also the former General Secretary of the International Aikido Federation (IAF) and Head of Overseas Department at Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Somemiya Shihan contributed greatly to the development of Aikido across the world, especially in Hong Kong and in other countries in Asia. [More details in forum thread]

~~~ To submit a news item to AikiWeb's front page, click here. ~~~
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2020, 07:52 AM   #2
akiy's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 6,049
Re: Obituary: Hiroshi Somemiya Shihan (1932-2020)

The rest of the obituary as submitted follows:

Somemiya Shihan was fluent in English and Russian, a person of deep culture and a true gentleman. He was a direct student of the Founder. His style of Aikido was reminiscent of that of the late Kisaburo Osawa Shihan. The way he taught was very hands-on. He would practice with everyone on the mat, transmitting his techniques through physical contact. He always encouraged his students to develop their own character and seek their own path in Aikido through consistent training. But he also always stressed that we must keep in mind that the techniques comprise only the surface of what Aikido is, and that there is much more depth to Aikido, a much deeper meaning that O'Sensei intended. That this unseen aspect is most important. To seek this elusive ideal is very difficult and is an endless struggle. Somemiya Shihan never aspired to be a great teacher but saw his role as an administrator in helping to promote Aikido across the world. He was fiercely loyal to O'Sensei and Second Doshu, and served whole-heartedly at Hombu Dojo and at the IAF. He was an unsung hero of the international Aikido movement. Few people would realize the difficulties of promoting Aikido across boundaries and cultures, and the difficulties in resolving the inevitable human clashes and politics in an international organization. Somemiya Shihan hated organizational and inter-personal politics but accepted that it was within his duties to resolve conflicts and restore harmony within the Aikido community. It was an unenviable and thankless task which he took on without complaint. To him, the elusive ideal in Aikido is harmony, an eternal harmony with oneself, within our community and society. It was the ideal he was always striving for. In recent years his health deteriorated and Somemiya Shihan refrained from travelling and teaching. Our General Secretary Angela Lee visited him every year and frequently talked to him checking on his condition. He was all well until we were sadly informed that he passed away peacefully at home. Due to the Covid situation his family held a private funeral. Somemiya Shihan is now resting in eternal peace. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by Aikido members all across the world. Please join us in praying for the repose of his noble soul.
-- Jun

Please help support AikiWeb -- become an AikiWeb Contributing Member!
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2020, 09:06 PM   #3
Peter Goldsbury
Peter Goldsbury's Avatar
Dojo: Hiroshima Kokusai Dojo
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 2,308
Re: Obituary: Hiroshi Somemiya Shihan (1932-2020)

I knew Mr Somemiya well during my time as General Secretary and Chairman of the IAF, which lasted a total of 32 years. We met very often, especially during my trips from Hiroshima to Tokyo and the Aikikai Hombu. I offer my condolences to his family.

P A Goldsbury
Kokusai Dojo,
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2022, 09:29 AM   #4
Stefan Stenudd
Stefan Stenudd's Avatar
Dojo: Enighet Malmo Sweden
Location: Malmo
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 539
Re: Obituary: Hiroshi Somemiya Shihan (1932-2020)

Today Somemiya-san would have been 90. He got mighty close, passing away in 2020. I remember him vividly and fondly. We had many discussions back in the day, when I was compelled to listen more than talk, which is not the usual with me. He was a wise man and a very good friend, who will not be forgotten.
The obituary above fits my memory of him perfectly. He was all that, and a delightful soul, too.
There are people who make humankind meaningful.

Stefan Stenudd
My aikido website: https://www.stenudd.com/aikido/
My YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Aikidostenudd
  Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 28 (Part Two) Peter Goldsbury Columns 1 11-12-2018 04:22 PM
Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 28 (Part One) Peter Goldsbury Columns 19 05-01-2017 06:23 PM
2016 May Fair Seminar with Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan AikiWeb System Seminars 0 03-29-2016 10:01 AM
2015 May Fair Seminar with Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan in Oberlin, OH AikiWeb System Seminars 0 04-24-2015 10:21 AM
Hiroshi Isoyama Shihan Seminar on June 12 & 13, Southlake TX AikiWeb System Seminars 0 02-23-2010 08:53 PM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:49 PM.

vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2024 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
Copyright 1997-2024 AikiWeb and its Authors, All Rights Reserved.
For questions and comments about this website:
Send E-mail
plainlaid-picaresque outchasing-protistan explicantia-altarage seaford-stellionate