An Interview with Saito Hitohira Sensei

An Interview with Saito Hitohira Sensei

A Close encounter with Iwama’s Aikido


We’ve been going around interviewing experienced martial art teachers for a while now. Mr. Saitō Hitohira, who actually knew Morihei Ueshiba when he was a kid and devoted to Aikido from an early age, is still living in Iwama, right next to the Aiki Jinja. When we had the opportunity to get an interview with him, we did not hesitate, and here is how it all happened.

Interview with Saito Hitohira Sensei

Interview with Saito Hitohira Sensei

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[Announcement] Our partnership with Aikido Journal

Our partnership with Aikido Journal

To always better serve the community


Welcome to the New Aikido Journal

Yes, we’ve jumped in, we’re now working with Aikido Journal. It’s really great news for us, for Aikido Journal, and for the whole Aikido community. We’re going to do lots of things together, but it also involves money, so, as usual: full transparency from us!

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Meiji Shrine Yabusame Demonstration

Meiji Shrine Yabusame Demonstration

Japanese traditional horseback archery


Every year, in memory of Emperor Meiji, one of the biggest martial arts demonstrations in Japan takes place, at the so called “Meiji Shrine Yabusame Taikai“. Honoring both, the Emperor Meiji and the gods enshrined at the Meiji Shrine, the event is held in the form of an ancient ceremony that dates back hundreds of years ago.


Yabusame at the Meiji Jingu Shrine

Yabusame at the Meiji Jingu Shrine

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A letter from Master Aramaki about the wooden weapon industry

A letter from Master Aramaki

And an insight into the situation at the wooden workshops


The past few months, we’ve
spent a great deal of time publishing our interviews made at the last wooden workshops of Japan this summer. Aramaki and Matsuzaki’s interviews are already live and Nidome’s interview is almost ready too. Following our encounter, and consistently with the subject we’ve discussed in those interviews, Master Aramaki sent a letter to all his partners presenting the situation at his workshop. Here is a free translation of this letter.

The Aramaki Bokken Workshop

Master Aramaki at the Aramaki workshop

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Meiji Kobudo Taikai 2017

Meiji Shrine Kobudo Embu Taikai

Celebrating Emperor Meiji’s Birthday


Every year, in memory of Emperor Meiji, one of the biggest martial arts demonstrations in Japan takes place, the so called “Meiji Shrine Kobudo Embu Taikai”. It is greatly supported by the Shiseikan, a training hall for Japanese Budo including Kyudo (archery), Judo, Kendo, Aikido and Kenjutsu (sword’s practice).


Hojutsu, Japanese traditional Gunnery

Hojutsu, Japanese traditional Gunnery

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Bokken Craftsman – Interview with master Matsuzaki

An Interview With Master Matsuzaki – Bokken Artisan

Japanese craftsmanship in a small familly business


August 2017, enjoying the quiet summer months, we traveled across Japan to Miyakonojo and the Kirishima Sankei region to visit 3 of Japan’s last Bokken workshops. We’ve conducted 3 interviews and here’s the transcript of the second one with Master Matsuzaki Yoshiaki, including some additional comments and information.
Interview by Jordy Delage, Seido’s Founder.

 

Matsuzaki Yoshiaki, Bokken Artisan

Master Matsuzaki Yoshiaki

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An Interview with master Aramaki – Bokken Artisan

An Interview With Master Aramaki – Bokken Artisan

Successor of the inventor of the modern Bokken


August 2017, enjoying the quiet summer months, we traveled across Japan to Miyakonojo and the Kirishima Sankei region to visit 3 of Japan’s last Bokken workshops. We’ve conducted 3 interviews, starting with master Aramaki Yasuo. Here’s the transcript with some additional comments and information.
Interview by Jordy Delage, Seido’s Founder.

Aramaki Yasuon, Bokken Artisan

Master Aramaki Yasuo

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How we helped bring Shopify to Japan

How Seido Helped to Bring Shopify to Japan

The Number One E-commerce Tech Provider


No, it’s not directly related to Budo, but nonetheless, it’s an interesting story that some of our followers may appreciate. Seido is one of the main contributors to the translation and release in Japan of the world number one e-commerce store provider. Why did we invest time in this? How did this happen? Trust us, we had good reasons!

Shopify

Shopify Logo

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Jordy Delage August 12, 2017 10 comments Latest News, Non classé, Seido

Bokken, Bokuto, Daito, Tachi? Explanation!

Bokken, Bokuto, Daito, Tachi? Explanation!

The various terms used in Japan for swords and wooden swords


In the West, the word “Bokken” is widely used to refer to a wooden sword. However, in Japan, the proper word is “Bokuto”. Although less precise, the Japanese also use other terms like “Bokken” “Kidachi”, “Daito” and “Tachi” etc. Let’s see what the differences are and where those words come from.

Bokken or Bokuto ?

A collection of Bokuto

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An interview with Alexander C. Bennett [Budo Studies]

An Interview with Alexander C. Bennett

PhD in Budo Studies & 7th Dan Kendo Kyoshi


Academic research about Budo culture and history is important, and popularizing it in different forms is at least as important as the research itself. Alex Bennett does both, and he does it well. Presentation of Alex Bennett’s interview by Jordy Delage.

Interview of Alex Bennett By Jordy Delage

Alexander C. Bennett

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