Re: Trip to Hombu!!
Wish I could meet you guys there. Been to Japan four times, but alas no time for hombu dojo so far. Hope to mend that in december, if all pieces fall in the right places.
I am however considering going to Australia with my family next year, so Lin: maybe I could join you in your dojo for a couple of hours of aikido then? (and a beer of course)
Have a great trip
PS: If you need a place to stay I highly recommend Kimi Ryokan in Ikebukuro. It's cheap, clean, quiet and the owner is doing Aikido as well.