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gAiki Shrine Festivalh and gthe memorial service for the Founder and Kisshomaru Ueshiba 2nd Doshuh(2016/8/5written)
Aiki Shrine Festival and the memorial service for the Founder and Kisshomaru Ueshiba 2nd Doshu
Aiki Shrine Festival and a memorial service for the Founder and Kisshomaru Ueshiba 2nd Doshu, were held at the Aiki Shrine in Kasama city (former Iwama town), Ibaraki Prefecture on April 29th at 11:00 hs. Approximately 1400 people participated in the event.
The ceremony at the Aiki Shrine started with a Shinto purification rite (Shufutsu), followed by festival chant (Norito). After that, the offering of a branch of the sacred tree (Tamagushihouten) was held by the Ueshiba family and followed by each delegate from diverse groups. Then all visitors chant again the heavenly festival chant (Amatsu Norito) on the occasion of the memorial service for the Founder and Kisshomaru Ueshiba 2nd Doshu.
The Doshu gave the following greeting:
gI am pleased that a great number of people are gathering here on the occasion of Aiki Shrine Festival and the memorial service for the Founder and Kisshomaru Ueshiba 2nd Doshu. Let me extend my sincere appreciation from the bottom of my heart for your cooperation.
Since the door of Aikido was opened to the general public in 1945, Aikido spread out abroad during the 60fs, and at present Aikido is practiced in 130 countries around the world. Thanks to this development, this year the 12th International Aikido Congress and Seminar will be held in Takasaki city, Gunma Prefecture.
In this regard, the Mayor of Takasaki city, Mr. Kenji Tomioka, expressed his commitment and assistance for the success of the event.
I believe that Aikido is understood by many people and firmly rooted in the society.
I think this is the Aikido that Founder Morihei Ueshiba has created, and Kisshomaru Ueshiba 2nd Doshu along with his contemporaries has encouraged and spread.
I think it is important to continue have a feeling of gratitude for such fact. It is our duty to convey Aikido correctly to the future generations. Toward such goal, our continued day by day practice becomes even more importanth.
After Doshufs greeting, the dedication demonstrations (Hounou Embu) were carried out, first by Mitsuteru Ueshiba Hombu Dojo-cho and followed by Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu. The festival finished at 12:30 hs.
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Ibaraki Brach Dojo Kagamibiraki Ceremony(2016/2/29written)
Tsukinami-Sai and Kagami-Biraki Ceremony at Ibaraki Branch Dojo
The first 2016 Aiki Shrine monthly festival was held on January 17th.
Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu offered a Norito (ritual prayer) in the Shrinefs Haiden (hall of worship) and in the dojo as well, together with 120 members gathered for the occasion of the Kagamibiraki.
Doshu opened the Ibaraki Branch Dojo Kagamibiraki Ceremony at noon, addressing to the attendees that gwe were able to finish last year calmly and in good mode. This year we have to continue this flow of important daily practice and I think we should continue our movement forward. Everyone, letfs practice firmly this year also!h.
Doshufs greeting was followed by Hiroshi Isoyama Shihan (Ibaraki Branch Dojo Adviser), Mr. Fukushiro Nukaga (House of Representatives Member), Mr. Nobuki Yamaguchi (Kasama City Mayor), Mr. Yoji Tokoi (Ibaraki Prefectural Council Member), Mr. Norio Murakami (Ibaraki Prefectural Council Member) and Mr. Noguchi Maruyama (Kasama City Council Vice-Chairman) as well, who also placed congratulatory speeches for this year.
Kagamibiraki ceremony was carried on after the guestfs greetings. A toast was proposed by Mr. Kazuhiro Fujieda (Ibaraki Branch Dojo Adviser). The whole ceremony was held in a very harmonious way.
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The Importance of Daily Practice
New Year Statement Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba(2016/2/3written)
Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba
Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba
Happy New Year.

Last year, the world has been shaken by terrorism and regional civil wars, and in Japan quite a few people suffered damages from volcanic eruptions and freak weather. Whenever I learn of these incidents I always worry about Aikido fellows not only in Japan but also overseas feeling uneasy that they might be troubled or even involved in these happenings. Nevertheless, time went by indifferently also rapidly, and then the New Year came in as ever. The environments surrounding us being as such, now I feel really happy that I can address every one of you to celebrate peaceable New Year completing the etsunen keiko (new yearfs eve training) with a lot of Aikikai members.

Overviewing the activities of Aikido, there was no noteworthy event last year and the year went past in a matter-of-fact way. I am pleased about this because it means that domestic and international dissemination activities were carried out steadily with the Aikikai Foundation being the core of the movement.

Last year, major events, such as the All-Japan Aikido Demonstration, Al-Japan Childrenfsf, High School and University Studentsf Demonstrations were successfully held. Every year, these important events are carried out in a usual manner, but we should not forget the fact that they were held through the accumulation of a lot of time and efforts.
As is obvious, preparation for the All-Japan Aikido Demonstration is very hard task requiring a lot of efforts, because it is the most important annual event for organizations registered in the Aikikai Foundation, businessmanfs Aikido groups and university Aikido clubs to demonstrate the results of their daily practices.
As it is a unique yearly opportunity at the Nippon Budokan for the participants, the queue of participants waiting for the opening of the event has become longer year by year, and last year we were cautioned by Kitanomaru Park Office because of such crowdedness.
It has become a splendid, enthusiastic event lasting over 5 hours, but a lot of energy was spent behind the scenes to allow all the participants to fully show the results of their daily practice.

The generation of participants of All-Japan Childrenfs Aikido training meeting, All-Japan High School Demonstration and all-Japan Aikido University Studentsf Demonstration changes every year. Therefore, we cannot make these events successful with only ready-made method but without changing basic things.

As just described, it is wonderful that the events can be carried out routinely and in an ordinary way. It seems easy to spend daily life routinely, but it is actually very difficult because to achieve it we must develop a spirit unfazed by anything. Recently we donft know what may happen suddenly, or something may happen which we couldnft imagine. Common sense has become uncommon sense. Still we need to keep going with our faces forward and a cool and level mind even though we encounter unexpected situations. And so we should practice daily keiko to develop such a mind.
I would like to watch many good things and listen to the voices of many people avoiding the attitude of gsee nothing, hear nothing, say nothingh like the three monkeys so that I can spend steady and calm days and express myself with an unfeigned spirit.

This year, IAF, which is held once every four years, will be held in Takasaki, Gunma prefecture. It is the first time for Takasaki city to hold IAF. I would like to prepare firmly for it bringing various wisdom that doesnft appear on the surface into one integrated power in order to carry it out in an unsensational but firm way and to make it very fruitful seven days.
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