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Amusing to note, as we process the recent findings of Princeton and UCLA researchers, that:
- Masatake Fujita sound-recorded O’Sensei’s talks, and Sadateru Arikawa transcribed them for the Aikikai’s newsletter…. AND, NOTORIOUSLY, AT HOMBU, NOT A SINGLE STUDENT UNDERSTOOD WHAT O’SENSEI WAS SAYING…
while on the other hand:
- a young Mitsugi Saotome was told by O’Sensei to write down everything he said …AND SAOTOME SHIHAN WENT ON TO PUBLISH THREE EXTREMELY LUCID BOOKS, IN WHICH HE EXPLAINS PRECISELY WHAT O’SENSEI WAS SAYING…
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Aikido is a gem of many facets – sometimes it seems that every one of O’Sensei’s students remembered a different teacher, and of course, many, many different styles have been preserved and developed – but here is one facet that clicked into focus for me recently:
what if O’Sensei spent his time away from Iwama and Tokyo coherently pursuing what he felt to be his “mission in life”?…
what if he spent his time away from Iwama and Tokyo creating and nurturing a network of dojos run by Omoto-Kyo, ex-Omoto-Kyo and Ko-Shinto believers ( hand-picked deshi, some of them raised, almost, as members of his family) – – – and ex-Kamikaze pilots, too (!) – often with his own name on the sign – in places – and close to shrines…
“….On August 7, after consultations with the appropriate judges, [Judge Takano] released [Onasiburo, Sumiko and Isao] on bail, and they appeared in the outside world for the first time in six years and eight months….
“My cousin Yasuaki Deguchi…writes in ‘Founder of a New Religion’….’To the followers who came to see him, he would say with emphasis, “There will be no divine help in this war,” “This war is a war between devils, so do not get involved”….’
“….even now he did not hold back from his outspoken remarks. ‘On the day I left prison, Japan’s defeat in the war began,’ he said.
“On August 7, 1942, the day Onisaburo was released, American forces landed on Guadalcanal, and the first naval battle of the Solomon Islands began….
“He would say, ‘They did all this to Omoto and don’t even come to apologize. So Japan will be attacked by the foreign enemy and will be beaten.’….’God dislikes killing. Omoto will not cooperate in the war.’
“….Telling soldiers leaving for service overseas, ‘Fire your guns into the air,’ he would give them advice according to their respective destinations….To troops leaving for the front, Onisaburo issued special amulets on which were written the words, ‘Victory to the Enemy’….
– – – – from The Great Onisaburo Deguchi, Kyotaro Deguchi, tr. Charles Rowe, publ. Aiki News, pp. 285-9