1950's and Saito Sensei

1950's

1950-Saito Sensei is 22 years old. He marries Sata in 1952 and soon starts a family. It's post WWII in Japan. O-Sensei sets up his residence and dojo in Iwama. From 1948-1953, the Iwama dojo is the official Honbu headquarters. After 1953, the Wakamatsu dojo in Tokyo where his son lives becomes the official Honbu.

O-Sensei and Saito Sensei as a very young man, standing before the Aikijinja tori. O-Sensei and Saito Sensei as a very young man, standing before the Aiki Jinja tori.

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The Saito's marriage photograph. January 1952

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The Saito's marriage photograph. January 1952.

c. 1953. Left to right: Hatsu Ueshiba, Kisshomaru, Morihei Ueshiba, Koichi Tohei, Kisshomaru's wife, Sakuko, Morihiro Saito

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1953 in Iwama. The families of O-Sensei, his son Kisshomaru, Tohei and Saito Sensei.

1953. Saito Sensei before the original Aiki Jinja. At this moment, I'm not sure if that is the same location as the current one. (/py)

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1953. Saito Sensei before the original Aiki Jinja.

Four photos from the 1950s on Aikido Ryu Iwama France site

Photos are viewable on the Aikido Ryu Iwama France website.