07-01-2012, 12:50 AM
http://www.guillaumeerard.com/images/stories/aikido/events/aiki-jinja-taisai-2012/thumb/aiki-taisai-thumb.jpgAlong with the Shinobukai, the Aiki-jinja Taisai is one of the yearly events that commemorate the death of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (26th of April 1969) and that of his son, Kisshomaru (4th of January 1999). While the Shinobukai takes place at the Hombu Dojo of the Aikikai in Tokyo, the Aiki-jinja Taisai (Aiki sanctuary festival) is set at the famous Iwama Dojo in the Ibaraki prefecture. The commemoration is particularly important since the sanctuary was built by Morihei Ueshiba himself and that it is in the adjacent dojo that the master perfected, during the Second World War, what would become Aikido.
(Original blog post may be found here (http://www.guillaumeerard.com/aikido-1/events/79-the-yearly-celebration-of-the-aiki-jinja-taisai).)