History of Murakumo Dojo
Murakumo Dojo originally began in support of the De Anza Community
College Aikido program under the direction of Jeff Adams sensei (3rd
san then, now 4th dan) in 1999.  After relocating to Poulsbo, WA in
2001 Murakumo Dojo manifested as an employee Aikido club for VICI
Metronics in Poulsbo, WA.   In 2003, having returned again  to Los
Gatos, CA, Sensei reestablished the dojo on a property that he and a
friend of his had developed into a Japanese style garden during the
1990's.  The dojo resided in the garden into 2006, and was used for
private instruction and  De Anza Aikido instructor meetings.  Todd had
been co-instructing with the dojo cho Jeff Adams sensei at De Anza
Community College at the time.  Currently, the dojo is virtual, and
private instruction/coaching is available locally.
Murakumo Dojo has always reflected traditions that are distinctly
Japanese, and the Los Gatos location allowed that to blossom even
more.  Inside was found Shinto paraphernalia, a buddhist kane (bell),
shodo & sumi-e art supplies, origami, kakejiku (scrolls), bamboo
shades, shoji screens, traditional Japanese martial arts equipment,
and tatami style flooring (10 tatami).  One wall of the dojo was made
completely of stone inferring the foundation of a Japanese castle.
There was a sound system and lighting. You could have also found a
library of about 200 books on the subjects of martial arts, Japanese
martial arts, Japanese language/history/culture/arts, Western &
Eastern philosophy/religion.
The garden is approximately 1/2 acre on a hillside.  The garden was
designed and developed by sensei during the middle of the 1990's.  
The name of the garden was given by Udono, Takanori.  Who at the
time was a yondan (4th dan) in Aikido, and in his early 20's.  He was
also in training as a Shinto priest under the tutuledge of Hikitsuchi,
Michio, a judan (10th dan) in Aikido.  After viewing the garden he said
that in Japan this style of garden would be pronounced as "teien".  
This is the Chinese pronounciation of the Japanese word "niwa",  and
has been adopted in some cases by the Japanese.  After having
discovered the local wildlife on the property he suggested the name of
the garden to be, "Akakata no Taka Teien".  Translated this is, "Grand
Garden of the Red-shouldered Hawk".  The garden is also an official
wildlife habitat and many creatures can be discovered such as,
squirrel, gopher, deer, bobcat, mountain lion, raven, and of course
red-shouldered hawks.

Within the garden are well crafted elements traditional to Japanese
gardens.  You will find a torii, or vermillion Shinto gateway,  many
statues, bells, and lanterns.  There is a Zen garden for meditation.  
There is also a stream, waterfall, decks, and tsukubai (purification
basin).  The plant life is a mixture of local vegetation and traditional
Japanese foliage.  You can find rare species such as; black bamboo
(kurotake), golden buddha bamboo, timber bamboo, black pine
(kuromatsu), Japanese maple (momiji), Japanese plum (ume), and
camellia japonica (tsubaki).   You can also find an outdoor dojo in the
garden with a spectacular view of Silicon Valley.
There is a historical shinto shrine in the garden as well, and a link to
information about it can be found here:

 The current garden is located on Bainbridge Island, but there is no
dojo facility there.  However, there is spacious grass and Japanese
garden elements for our training when the sun is shining.  You will
also find some images of this location as you follow the Dojo & Garden
link below.
tsukubai (purification water basin) illustrating
Dogen's take on the 4 souls/1 spirit
makiwara
Murakumo Dojo entrance signboard
Here is the main view of the hillside garden