many thanks for the advice. Apart from the Hombu I'll be visiting Yoko Okamoto Sensei's dojo in Kyoto and Peter Goldsbury Sensei's dojo in Hiroshima.
I'm playing a gig (I play the uilleann pipes) at Molly Malone's in Hiroshima on Sat. April 12th!
Anybody know of a friendly dojo in Osaka?
Just hope I don't break any indispensable fingers!
I know a great dojo in Kobe, which is not too far from Osaka.
If you go visit, tell Nakao sensei that I said hello.