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04-13-2004, 04:32 PM
im an apprentice right now and when im finished I would like to spend a year in japan to learn japanese

now i heard my sensei talking about aikido training camps in japan.
You train the whole year there.

I dont have any infos about them

so is it more for advanced people?

and would you need to be able to speak japanese?

where do you live?

could someone help me out or give me some links?

thank you

04-16-2004, 12:27 AM
I'm currently living and working in Japan. I'm not to sure, but it seems like uchideshi programs vary from place to place.

I would also say that speaking japanese is a must. You might be able to ape the movements, but you will miss out on a lot in class without a good command of the language. There is also daily life/ interactions outside of the dojo to consider too.

Gilles D'Hoker
04-17-2004, 02:07 AM
I don't know your financial status but you do know Japan is very expensive!:blush:

some links that might help...



And for an extra tip... Never give a Japanese a tip 'money' they consider that as an insult!:mad:



Alan Lomax
04-17-2004, 03:44 PM

You should get on one of the web search pages and look up AIKIKAI HOMBO DOJO and YOSHINKAN HOMBO DOJO. They will answer most of the questions you have. All you need to do is explore the sites. Of course there are others but these will get you started.

You do not need to have any grasp of Japanese language but it is helpful. I recently returned to the US after a four year tour in Japan. Prior to that I had been stationed there for three years. You can get by in Japan with no Japanese language but again it is not the best way to get by. You can not get by in Japan without the appropriate finance though.

You do not have to have any experience in Aikido whatsoever, it is desirable though. Your financial support and living arrangements are up to you to work out before you finalize your trip.

You should also get onto the US Embassy web site and find out as much of the information you need to know to make your trip a successful venture. A good many travel to Japan and find themselves having to leave the country earlier than they intended because they hadn’t prepared properly.


Charles Hill
04-17-2004, 06:10 PM
I would like to spend a year in japan to learn japanese

This is a very good idea. There are many, many language schools, especially in the Tokyo area. There are, in fact, a few within walking distance of both Aikikai Honbu and Kinokenkyukai Honbu.

You should get a copy of either/both Nihongo Journal and Hiragana Times, magazines that help Japanese language learners. They will have ads for these schools.

Charles Hill

Robert Cowham
04-18-2004, 04:24 PM
You might find the following article (on www.aikidojournal.com) interesting:

Becoming an Uchideshi, or How to Train Seriously in Japan

by Patrick Augé