Japan 1998


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May 10 - 18, 1998, the Aikido Association of America made a trip to Japan

 

Traveling as a group

Toyoda Sensei making the best of waiting for transportation

 

Hatayama, Kobayashi, and Toyoda Senseis

Our first dojo we visted was Hatayama Sensei's Sayama Dojo

 

Our next dojo visit was to Kobayashi Sensei's Tanashi Dojo

 

Visiting with Saotome Sensei and his mother at Meishinkan Dojo in Chiba

 

 

Enjoying the festivities on the far right is Eduard Germanov, Chief Instructor of Tendokan Dojo, Sofia, Bulgaria

 

   

There are many matsuri (festivals) in Japan. We ran across this one on our way to Kodaira.

 

    


At Kobayashi Sensei's Kodaira Dojo, he and his son, Hiroaki, look on as the TV displays the 
All Japan Aikido Demonstrations

    

The two works of calligraphy on the dojo walls were written by Osensei, founder of aikido

    

And finally, participating at the
36th All Japan Aikido Demonstrations
at the famous Nippon Budokan.

For the participants, this meant hours of waiting in the very crowded halls.

The legendary Nippon Budokan