A two day funeral service (which is Japanese custom) was recently held for the late Satoru Iwata in Kyoto, Japan. The president of Nintendo died of cancer last weekend, Saturday 11 July.
Over the two day service, about 4,100 people came to pay their respects: 2,600 on the first day, and 1,500 on the second day. Many of those in attendance brought along their 3DS handhelds in remembrance of Iwata.
For now, Nintendo has not elected a new president, but Genyo Takeda and Shigeru Miyamoto have temporarily stepped in to fill the position left vacant by Iwata’s passing. Takeda delivered a eulogy during the funeral service, in which he promised that the many seeds Mr. Iwata had planted would be nurtured so that they grow into flowers “that will make people around the world smile.”
If you missed it, a QR code to add Iwata’s Mii to your Wii U or 3DS has been doing the rounds. You can find it here.