|48th All Japan Aikido Demonstration
|date: May 22, 2010
place: Nippon Budokan
|Doshu's greeting at the 48th All Japan Aikido Exhibition
I would like to say a few words about this year Enbukai as an organizer, I am pleased that we are able to hold All Japan Aikido Exhibition such magnificently here at The Nippon Budokan today. Kisshomaru Doshu opened the doors of this venue to the public in approximately 1955. The first Aikido Exhibition was held in 1960 to introduce Aikido to the public and it had continued to this day. This exhibition is the largest event for the Aikikai. It is at this event that all registered dojos, company clubs and approximately 7,500 students gather together and demonstrate the results of their daily KEIKO. Aikido has spread to over 95 countries all over the world. It is very important that we keep the spirit of Aikido in mind as passed on to us by Kaiso, Morihei-Ueshiba.
Through Aikido Keiko we need to learn the spirit of harmony which connects
people to people and mind to mind. It is because of this that I believe
that this demonstration is very meaningful. I hope that all participants
will take part full-heartedly and make this event meaningful. In
conclusion, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Ministry
of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and other relevant
groups for their support.
Preparation / Opening
Students / WAKA-Sensei / Dojo Enbu / TADA-Shihan
| Impression of the 48th All Japan Aikido Exhibition:
--It was a great pleasure to attend my first All Japan Aikido Demonstration this year with so many good friends in Japan. Being able to watch all the different styles from so many accomplished and experienced Sensei's was both a brilliant learning experience, and also really inspiring. It's an enormous credit to the Aikikai Foundation that such a collective event takes place so successfully each year, with people travelling from all over the world to both spectate and of course, participate. I managed to join in 4 times throughout the day! I hadn't really anticipated the slight feeling of nerves I got but the atmosphere in the Budokan was great, with the drum sounding at the start and end each time and the pace of practise so quick. This was the perfect way to end our trip to Tokyo, I was just sorry to have to leave so quickly for the airport and miss the after-kampai! Next time!
(Lucie Flynn, Manchester, UK)
--For the 3rd time we are in Japan and this time with the all Japan Aikikai
embukai in our program. I'm not only watching the embukai but also participating.
So I will see it from both sites. The embukai
is something special for aikidokas all over the world. This is where you see
many aikikai aikido dojos demonstrating what, for them, is the meaning of aikido.
Most aikidokas are there to support their dojo and to watch the demonstrations
of the Hombu Shihans and Doshu.
|<A Tidbit of Information for the NIPPON BUDOKAN>
On June 30th, 1966, The Beatles held the first of a series of performances at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. For many Westerners, the Budokan is synonymous with large-scale rock concerts. The concerts have made performing at the Budokan a goal for many Japanese rock musicians.
The Nippon Budokan, however, was originally built for the Judo competition in the 1964 Summer Olympics, hence its name, rendered into English is "martial arts hall".
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