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The 47th All Japan Aikido Demonstration

The cobbled walk, moat and fortified gates of the Nippon Budokan give the place an appropriately martial feel. The view of the moat in front of what used to be a gate into the old Edo castle is slightly obscured by cherry trees. It is too late in the year for blossoms but the large trees add a bit of much needed shade. Today, the Budokan was the site of the 47th All Japan Aikido Demonstration organized by the Aikikai.

I volunteered to work instead of demonstrating and was assigned to “patrol” the 2nd and third floor. My Team (Mayumi and Tim Buerger) patrolled the 2nd and third floors. This meant that we had a lot of opportunities to chat with visitors, watch the demo and take pictures. Aside from having to wear a tie in the heat it didn’t really feel like work. At any rate, we saw some excellent Aikido, got a “free lunch” and were able to enjoy encouraging people to remove their clothes in slightly less public places (believe me, this counts a public service!). After the event, we walked through the Budokan cleaning up and then went for drinks with visiting luminaries. Pictures follow… Please note, I have promised two rather famous sensei that I would self-censor a few incriminating images (Bank number for “donations” at the end of this post 🙂 ).

The moat protecting the budokan

The moat protecting the budokan

The Outer Gate

The Outer Gate

The Inner gate

The Inner gate

Above the entrance

Above the entrance

The main arena had five large mats for the demonstrations.

The main arena had five large mats for the demonstrations.

Kudo Shihan of Tokushima -- my first sensei in Japan.

Kudo Shihan of Tokushima -- my first sensei in Japan.

Kobayashi sensei does ikyo

Kobayashi sensei does ikyo

Inagaki sensei demonstrated buki tori waza -- energetic buki tori waza ...

Inagaki sensei demonstrated buki tori waza -- energetic buki tori waza ...

I love this iriminage!

I love this iriminage!

Yokota-sensei lead the Honbu Ippan (General) Demonstrations

Yokota-sensei lead the Honbu Ippan (General) Demonstrations

Morning class regulars

Morning class regulars

Kokoro Does Irimi nage

Kokoro Does Irimi nage

Ray does irimi nage

Ray does irimi nage

Ray finishes shihonage

Ray finishes shihonage

Tada sensei does yonkyo

Tada sensei does yonkyo

Tada sensei leading

Tada sensei leading

Doshu and Waka-sensei do kotegaeshi (before)

Doshu and Waka-sensei do kotegaeshi (before)

Doshu and Waka-sensei do kotegaeshi (after)

Doshu and Waka-sensei do kotegaeshi (after)

Doshu and Suzuki sensei

Doshu and Suzuki sensei

A few pictures in the crowd …

Morning class friends

Morning class friends

Morning class regulars

Kadi (Congrats on your 1st kyu!)

Kadi (Congrats on your 1st kyu!)

Inagaki sensei 1

Hirose-san

Sakurai Sensei

The Buergers and Fujimaki sensei

The Buergers and Fujimaki sensei

Banba-san

Afterward …

Ueda sensei and the Mieken Aikidokai came for the Enbukai!

Ueda sensei and the Mieken Aikidokai came for the Enbukai!

Kokoro and friends

Kokoro and friends

Doshu and the some of the women of morning class

Doshu and the some of the women of morning class

Kanpai!

Kanpai!

Osawa Sensei and the Saito girls

Osawa Sensei and the Saito girls

Natali and Irie sensei

Morning class dudes

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Thank you for such a nice post. As an Aikido practitioner who wasn’t fortunate enough to visit Japan (yet!), I’ve heard stories about the annual all Japan demonstration from my teacher, but it was interesting to learn about the history of the Budokan and see the pictures it’s surroundings.
Regarding the demonstrations, some videos of it were posted on youtube.com, for example in this link:
http://www.youtube.com/user/seishinjp

Comment by ziv k

Howdy Ziv!

Thank you for the youtube link! Fujimaki sensei’s power is amazing and Suzuki sensei’s clean, strong movement is something I aspire to (with little hope) sometimes it seems as though his ukemi is closer to flying than falling. I don’t know Sakurai sensei that well, we’ve never really crossed paths — clearly, this is my loss. These guys are brilliant. I am a huge fan! 🙂

e.

Comment by Eric Holcomb

Iwama Dojo Enbu from the folks at YouTube. BTW, the Iwama crew were among the people in the stands where Team Katakana was “patrolling”.

Comment by Eric Holcomb

Ah i wish i was there.

Comment by Robert

Next time!
🙂

Comment by Eric Holcomb

Nice pics Eric! Maybe I’ll go next time around. Your kids are looking sharp, too! Have fun back home!

Comment by Eddie deGuzman

Thanks Eddie!

I recommend it. Skipping Doshu’s class the next day might be wise. The mat tends to be insanely crowded the day after.

Comment by Eric Holcomb

I’ve seen the Utube links & they, along w/your pictures & historical perspective, add up to an exciting, very impressive visual.

Left me breathless!
Carino,
Ita

Comment by Ita

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I’m jealous! When is the next? 🙂

Comment by The Accidental Aikidoist

Hi!

The 48th will be held on May 22nd. If you get a chance to visit Tokyo, the even itself is amazing and training at Hombu the next day is insane. Really, you would want to come early or stay late in order to get a feel for what the place is really like.

🙂
e.

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I don’t know if this blog is still updated or checked, but as I think I recognized a friend of mine in the photos I test a question:
Did you keep contact with some of your “morning class friends”?
Especially with Imoto Hiroshi san who appears in this photo with his wife. I lost contact with him when I suddenly left Japan and the only way I had to contact him was at the aikikai dojo…
14th photo up from the end

Comment by Picolo

Unfortunately, I have not been keeping this blog up to date but I do still attend Honbu morning class every day and so, yes, I am still in contact with everyone. I don’t know Imoto Hiroshi though.

Comment by Eric Holcomb




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