FRIENDSHIP DEMONSTRATIONS, AIKI NEWS
A series of four large demonstrations held in Tokyo from 1985-1988 sponsored by AIKI NEWS. The first demonstration took place on April 7, 1985 at the Edogawa-ku Sogo Bunka Center and featured the following six aikido teachers: Yasuo KOBAYASHI, Mitsugi SAOTOME, Kanshu SUNADOMARI, Yoshio KUROIWA, Shoji NISHIO and Morihiro SAITO; it was attended by approximately 900 persons and emceed by Takeyasu MASUDA. See report in AN#67.
The second Friendship Demonstration was held on October 25, 1986 also at the Edogawa-ku Sogo Bunka Center and the participants were Minoru MOCHIZUKI (YOSEIKAN BUDO), Gozo SHIODA (YOSHINKAN AIKIDO), Morihiro Saito (Ibaragi Dojo-cho), Yoshio SUGINO (KATORI SHINTO-RYU) and Kenji SHIMIZU (TENDOKAN AIKIDO). 650 persons attended and the event was emceed by Takeyasu MASUDA. See report in AN#73.
Part three of this series of demonstrations took place on September 6, 1987 at the Yomiuri Hall in Yurakucho, Tokyo in which the following teachers appeared: Koichiro YOSHIKAWA (KASHIMA SHINTO-RYU), Ken'ichi SHIMAZU (Yagyu Shingan-ryu Jujutsu), Katsuyuki KONDO (DAITO-RYU AIKIJUJUTSU), Morihiro Saito (aikido). Attended by about 600 persons and emceed by Ikuko KIMURA.
The final demonstration was held at the Yomiuri Hall in Yurakucho, Tokyo on September 25, 1988. Participating instructors were Morihiro Saito, Kyoichi INOUE (Yoshinkan Aikido), and Toshihiro Kubota (TENJIN SHIN'YO-RYU JUJUTSU). A slide lecture entitled A Pictorial History of Aikido which documented the technical background of Morihei UESHIBA was given by Stanley PRANIN, editor of Aiki News. 275 persons attended and the emcee was Ikuko Kimura.