Aikido is a Japanese martial way.  The
martial tradition had a significant effect on the
development of Japanese culture and vice
versa.  The culture developed on a relatively
isolated group of islands and filtered incoming
knowledge exceptionally well.  This allowed for
growth & change while maintaining the
integrity & uniqueness of Japanese ideas &
values.  As a result there is found a
congruency of unique concepts across the
spectrum of Japanese cultural arts &
disciplines.  The martial class in Japan held a
substantial role in governance and cultural
authority.  The members of this class, the
samurai, were not only trained in the ways of
war, but the shogun also encouraged them in
the arts.  This fostered the character of
samurai into an elite & benevolent class of
  By studying other Japanese cultural arts & language we can rediscover in
other ways some of the elusive concepts underlying the Bushido of the
samurai class.  This can lead to insight for conceptual changes, and as a
stepping stone towards transformation.

  Among the more prominent arts are: Sado (way of tea), Shodo (way of
calligraphy), sumi-e (black ink brush painting), Kado (way of flowers), Nihongo
(Japanese language), Bunraku (puppet theater), Noh (theatrical storytelling
and possession), Kabuki (Japanese theater), Raku (ceramic pottery), Kodo
(way of incense), Origami (paper folding), Kiri-e (cut paper picture), Ukiyo-e
(woodblock print), Bonsai (potted plants), Taiko (great drum), Gagaku
(Imperial court music), Shakuhachi (bamboo flute), Shamisen (stringed
musical instrument), Nihon Ryori (Japanese food), Nihon Kagura (Japanese
dance), Kimono (formal clothing), Nihon Teien (Japanese Gardening), Washi
(paper making), and of course the famous Geisha (art person).  In addition,
there are the Buddhist and Shinto religions of Japan which contain
numerous elements of art and philosophy.

  Being that Murakumo Dojo has strong ties to Japan and the Japanese
immigrant community in the USA we have on occasion opportunities to study
these wonderful expressions of Japanese culture.
Japanese Cultural Arts
Takemusu Aiki
by Shibata, Yoshi
Harai Gushi
Purification Wand
Seat of the gods, or small shrine
O'Fude (Great Brush)
Mongolian Horse Hair
Sarutahiko no O
Yamamoto, Yukiyasu
98th hereditary guji
of Tsubaki O Kami
North Bay Aikido
Santa Cruz Aikido
Japanese Tea Ceremony