Aiki Shrine Festival (2018/6/2written)
On April 29th at 11 a.m. the "Aiki Shrine Festival" and the "Founder / Kisshomaru II Doshu Memorial Service", were held at the Aiki Shrine in Kasama city (former Iwama town),
Ibaraki Prefecture. Around one thousand five hundred people gathered for this event.

The ceremonial ritual was carried out smoothly in accordance with the procedure of Shinto.

Afterwards, Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu spoke: “First of all, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to this great number of people who attended the festival today. Forty nine years have passed since the Founder departed, and nineteen years since Kisshomaru II Doshu’s passing. During this period of time, Aikido has spread out to over 130 countries around the world thanks to the effort of pioneers.
From now on, I think it is my responsibility to hand over correctly this wonderful Aikido to the next generation. To accomplish this purpose, I think it is very important to firmly continue day-to-day practice, and I swore before the altar and renewed my determination to make even more efforts based on the Aikido philosophy for this task. Thank you very much to everyone for your attendance today. "
After this speech, the Head of Hombu Dojo, Mitsuteru Ueshiba conduct a Hounou Embu (demonstration offered to Diety), followed by Ueshiba Doshu’s Hounou Embu as well. The festival ended at 12:30 hs. in the afternoon.
Cleaning before the Grand Festival at Iwama (2018/5/1written)
120 people including the members of 18 organizations of Ibaraki Prefecture Aikido Federation, Hombu Dojo instructors, Hombu Dojo coordinators and Ibaraki Branch Dojo engaged in cleaning of the precinct of Aikiki Jinja (Aiki Shrine) on April 15th at 9 a.m. to prepare for the Aiki Shrine Grand Festival. Different groups worked for grass cutting, collecting fallen leaves, general cleaning of the Shrine and Dojo, etc. completing the task around 12:30 hs. The weather was unstable but people were able to complete their tasks without any problem.
All participants worked really hard, and I sincerely express my gratitude to everyone who participated in this voluntary work.
Time goes through…..
New Year Statement Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba(2018/1/16written)
Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba
Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba
A Happy New Year.
After sweating in etsunen-keiko (New Year’s Eve training), I was able to exchange a New Year’s greeting with 200 attendees from Hombu Dojo and local dojos this year, too. I don’t think that 2017 was a safe and secure year because of unstable politics and economics, global warming, abnormal weather, disasters caused by earthquakes and torrential rains, and the sound of disaster alerts ringing. However, I really feel happy to have a new year in this way.
“Now, as this Aikido way is becoming prosperous all over the world, let Aikikai Hombu Dojo be the core place for healthy development of the art in accordance with the spirit of the way. I want to meet the expectations of Aikido people at home and abroad who intended to be in this way while making Hombu Dojo a suitable Aikido Hall-of-Fame. I would like everyone to understand this point and ask for your great support and cooperation.” These are the words spoken by Kisshomaru 2nd Doshu at the opening ceremony of new Hombu Dojo in January, 1968. Kisshomaru 2nd Doshu rebuilt the present dojo by himself. When Tokyo suffered a massive air raid by the US military aircraft in 1945, he risked his life to protect the old dojo from the fire with the cooperation of the neighbors. Therefore his deep feeling towards to the dojo is transmitted to me.
Since then fifty years have passed. In the meantime, there are big changes in social backgrounds, values and other various things.
Aikido is the way of training mind and body every day. Nonetheless, we may have to keep thinking in line with the times. However, the root of Aikido, the foundation of Aikido that the Founder originated has never changed and I believe that it should not be changed in the future. 
I went to Patagonia, Ushuaia in October last year when I went to the 50th anniversary of Aikido in Argentina. People who are practicing Aikido warmly greeted me at the southernmost tip of South America Continent. 10 years ago, I visited Reykjavik, Iceland in the far North where people were working on Aikido Practice. I was able witness the spread of Aikido from the northern end of the earth to the southern end like this. Up to now I have visited overseas more than 100 times. I was deeply moved when I realized the unity of mind of the Founder, Ueshiba Morihei had built the “silver bridge” firmly in the world.
Fifty years ago, when Hombu Dojo was rebuilt with a reinforced concrete building, I could not imagine, even if I was hoping for it, that the spread of Aikido would be as it is now. The heart of Aikido, which the Founder created and Kisshomaru 2nd Doshu struggled to spread it as a pride of Japan in the destroyed town after the World War II, has never changed irrespective of the speed and scale of spread of Aikido. After the last War, Aikido opened its door to the public and environment surrounding us has changed as time went by, yet we must continue to send out the genuine mind of Aikido with steady beat as far as Hombu Dojo is here as the heart of Aikido. No matter how convenient the internet is used, I would like to exchange words face to face and to make communication through our hearts.
I expect even greater expansion of Aikido in the future.
Aikikai Foundation Ibaraki Branch Dojo
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