Thousands Attended Satoru Iwata’s Funeral in Japan

Last Saturday, the world lost Satoru Iwata at 55 due to cancer. This week in Kyoto, fans and colleagues gathered for the two-day wake and funeral for the late Nintendo CEO, as is Japanese custom. Despite continuous rain, 2,600 people were reported to attend on the first day, followed by 1,500 on the second.

According to Nintendo, many fans were carrying Nintendo 3DS systems, a handheld which Mr. Iwata led the development on for a 2011 launch.

In a eulogy on Friday, Genyo Takeda and Shigeru Miyamoto shared their thoughts on Satoru Iwata, pledging that Nintendo would finish the work that he began during his tenure. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Takeda promised that the seeds Mr. Iwata would one day bloom into beautiful flowers that would “make people around the world smile”.

Thank you again, Mr. Iwata. You will be missed.

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