2001 and Saito Sensei

2001

2001-Saito Sensei is 73. He visits his friends in various countries. He's slowing down, but still teaches morning buki-waza and several classes, and entertains many friends at home. Hitohiro is teaching most of the classes. The Aiki Jinja acquires the large dressed stone displaying the Aiki-jinja name and a quote, and provides the perfect "I was there" photo opportunity.


2001-April. Brush clearing on the dojo grounds with the deshi

Photo: Jean Marc Serio

2001-April. Brush clearing on the dojo grounds with the deshi

2001-April. Saito sensei and the doshu in perhaps one of their last moments together

Photo: Jean Marc Serio

2001-April. Saito sensei and the doshu in perhaps one of their last moments together

2001-April. Saito sensei, the doshu in the Aiki Jinja shinto ceremony. Is this the taisai?

Photo: Jean Marc Seri

2001-April. Saito sensei, the doshu in the Aiki Jinja shinto ceremony. Is this the <i>taisai</i>?

2001-August 18. Sixth World Games in Akita. Uke: Mark Larson, long time deshi and high flyer

Photo: Aviv Goldsmith

2001. Aikita, Japan demo. Mark Larson uke.

April 2001. The Saito's at home in Iwama

Photo: Derk Minus

The Saito's at home in Iwama.

2001. Dr. Bruce Choy having a beer with Mr Hitohiro Saito during the Takemusu Aiki Association (http://www.aikidoaus.com.au/), Australia visit. Seated are Oku-san and Mr Saburo Takayasu. (Personal tip from Dr. Choy: "Best not to try and keep up beer for beer with Mr Hitohiro Saito!")

Photo: TAA.

2001. Dr. Choy with Hitohiro, Okusan and Saburo Takayasu.

2001. Saito Sensei blindfolded and Tristao laughing in the background. At the party Sensei snapped a chopstick and proceeded to blindfold himself. Following he would sing a short Japanese ditti whilst twirling the broken chopstick between his hands. At the end of the song, he removed his blindfold and the poor soul whom the broken chopstick was pointing to was made to down his/her drink in one shot. Repeat process many times.

Photo: Dr. Bruce Choy

2001. Tristan and Saito Sensei with ohashi drinking game.

2001. Iwama. Tristan, a long time uchideshi from Portugal and the Dominican Republic, at his farewell Iwama party.

Photo: Photographer unknown

2001. Tristan.

October 2001. Mic relates: "A couple of days before the 'Iwama Town Matsuri', Saito Sensei was upset by visitors to the Aiki Jinja parking their cars in the small clearing across the street from Hitohiro's restaurant. The sign asks people who visit the Jinja not to park there. As you can see, it was a reasonably substantial log." (It was still there, as of June 2002, but now it is replaced. /py)

Photo: Mic Marelli

2001. Saito Sensei brushes a new sign with parking  rules on a handy felled tree.

October 2001. Saito Sensei prepares to display a favorite Japanese sword. This has the feeling that Saito Sensei is offering the world what he knows.

Photo: Mehmet Dogu, Turkey

2001. Saito Sensei and a favorite Japanese sword. Memet's favorite photo.

2001. Saito Sensei's pride and joy was this large stone, with calligraphy from Abe-Sensei. The inscription reads "Aiki Jinja".

Photo: Patricia Yarrow

2001. The Aiki Jinja name stone.

2001. The back of the Aiki Jinja stone. The line down the right side: "Showa jyuu-hachi nen." (1944). The larger kanji: "Kaiso Ueshiba Morihei. Okina ken ryuu." (Founder Ueshiba Morihei. This stone raised with respect and reverence.) Smaller kanji: "Heisei jyuu-san nen. (2001) Doushu Ueshiba Moriteru." The stone was carved by Seiseki Abe (1915-), an extremely famous calligrapher from Osaka with long associations with the Ueshiba family and aikido.

Photo: Carlos Nogueira

2001. Translation of the back of the beautiful aiki jinja stone.