Michael Stuempel wrote:
Since I came to Japan 12 years ago I found that we did NOT practice weapons at the hombu dojo. They were there to illustrate some points, or for fun, but there are no weapons classes and very, very seldom are they pulled off the rack.
I trained daily for four and a half years at Aikikai Honbu Dojo. What Micheal wrote covers that Honbu as well. In that time period, only Yokota Sensei, in only one class, had us working with bokken.