With deepest sorrow we inform that Ibaraki Dojo, the birthplace of Aikido, was almost destroyed by the terrific earthquake which hit the Japan in these days. The roof and part of the walls fell down. Aiki Shrine, however, luckily seems to be still intact.
We know that Ueshiba family is safe, and we are keeping correspondance to get more updates from Iwama and Tokyo.
Let’s send a though of love and thankfulness to the Founder, to our late master Saito Sensei and to all those who kept and keep this sacred place through the years, hoping Nature will calm down.
Corallini Shihan, all the instructors and members of T.A.A.I. feel close o all the Japanese people in such a terrible moment of sorrow.
At the moment telephone and internet connection with Ibaraki Prefecture seem to be almost interrupted, so this is all we know. We will post any further updates we may receive.