A Friendship through “Kagami Mochi”

January 23, 2023

  The mochi placed at the front of the Dojo for the New Year’s Day and the following days is called “Kagami Mochi”. Kagami mochi is made up of two flat round mochi with the smaller one placed atop the larger one with a daidai (a Japanese bitter orange), kombu and other offerings, per local customs and traditions, placed on …

Keiko Hajime, 2023

January 15, 2023

  The Keiko Hajime event and a New Year’s gathering event were held to commemorate the arrival of the New Year. A day after these events, we received a sad news that Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan, a pioneer of Aikikai Aikido in the U.S., had died. At the time of the United States Bicentennial, Aikikai Aikido in the U.S. was under …

A Man Tying a Headband Around the Head

Starting the New Year and New Initiatives at Bilay House

January 10, 2023

About 60 people live together at Bilay House. Improved oversight structure is being put in place to make sure a safe and healthy living environment for them while I continue being an advisor and a supporter, with your warm support and understanding, for the facility. I will be returning soon to the frigid weather in Denver from Thailand where it’s …