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“….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
…I think we had O’Sensei’s Omoto-kyo version and his Tokyo version and his Iwama version and we don’t understand that: but his Omoto-kyo version was actually about penetrating the universe. And people in Tokyo, recovering from being utterly bombed out by American B-29’s… well, it’s tricky to get them interested, because they’re trying to eat. And the guys in Iwama are out in the country, going “I’m so glad we’re out here!” and most of them are high school kids… But Omoto-kyo folks would have been ready to start setting the whole world aright, and to start raising people up… They would have remembered what Deguchi said: “everything happens first to Omoto-kyo, then to Japan, and finally to the whole world…” And they would have understood the aikido that O’Sensei was showing them to be a part of this…
calligraphy by Onisaburo Deguchi: “August 15th DAY” – being the date of Japan’s surrender, the character for “DAY” being drawn in the archaic style that also means “GOD”, and, with a variant center: “SU” – that is: AME-NO-MINAKA-NUSHI – that is: a new beginning.
“It may be that, at the time, we [this young people’s class in Iwama] were the only existing Aikido class in Japan – perhaps even in the world.”
– – – Kazuaki Tanahashi, Aikiweb interview
“In 1946 when I was admitted into Aikido, the site of the Iwama Dojo with an area of more than 20,000 tsubo was just a forest of Japanese oak trees, dotted with the Aiki Shrine, Dojo, and a farm. The location of the Dojo almost eluded detection. The local neighbors had not the foggiest idea of what was going on inside the Dojo and would not dare approach it.”
– – – Morihiro Saito Shihan, Traditional Aikido, vol.5, p.20
“For seven years, Ueshiba O’Sensei hid away in the mountains, and said not a word: he was silent. But by his silence he was teaching, making something very great, by saying nothing.”
– – – André Nocquet Shihan, Maître Morihei Ueshiba: présence et message p.97
– – – Kanshu Sunadomari Shihan:
There are many kinds of aikido and that is alright. As I already said, techniques evolve and that is perfectly natural. What is essential is your heart, the state of your spirit.
As time passes, you will doubtless come to practise differently. It is not right simply to pass on what you studied: you, yourself, will take part in the creative process. Techniques will arise of themselves if you think to unite yourself with aite, instead of thinking of knocking them down. That is an important point.
If you do not enter the world of the spirit, then you will continue to work on forms which have no meaning, and you will finish by returning to the world of competition and strength. You must train keeping in your heart the spirit of Ueshiba Morihei. Dojos where the spirit of O’Sensei is preserved and those where it is absent are very different. You feel it instantly.
– – – from French language interview on the Budo no Nayami website
Using a rounded piece of wood, know the moon on the water!
– – – the dream of Muso Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi
Do not think about hitting your opponent,
Move without thinking, like moonlight into a leaky cabin.
– – – Yamaoka Tesshu
A man knows for sure:
However hard he hits the flow of a river,
The simple fact of a trace in the water:
– doesn’t happen.
– – – Hoshina Chikanori