Toshihiko OSAWA (1935 - 2001)
To our regret, we should report we got a piece of information that
Toshihiko OSAWA died at hospital in March 2001. As we remember, at the
beginning of January 2001, we received a usual greeting card from him, but in
March we suddenly felt difficult to communicate with him at hospital: Later we
heard it was because he passed away. We don't yet know anyone who attended his
Toshihiko OSAWA was born in 1935, and so he died at the age of 66.
He spent these days in a mental hospital for more than a decade, but he was
very famous as a good planetary observer from his younger days: We remember we
already did know who he was at those times when we (Mn & Nj) were boys both in a junior high. His
observations of a cloudy motion at Neith in Nov 1951 (16 yrs old!) were cited in Tsuneo SAHEKI's book that
was published around the time. Famous was also a set of Osawa's spots on
OSAWA started observing Mars in 1950 by the use of an 8cm spec. He
obtained a total of 30 drawings during the apparition, and was already a
favourite pupil of T SAHEKI (34 of age!). In 1951, he began to communicate with
When the 1986 and 1988 great apparitions came, he was already in a
hospital, and could not observe fully.
last met him in 1994 on the occasion of an OAA Assembly at
Memorial addresses are given in Japanese by Ichiro HASEGAWA and Takeshi SATO: Click here.
Masatsugu MINAMI and Takashi NAKAJIMA,
The OAA Mars Section