Thanks Fred. Again consistent with a series of calculated and multi-level story telling
Are you still connected with the Omoto religion?
No, I'm not. I was involved in Omoto as an amateur. I became involved because my father was involved. Although Ueshiba Sensei was a believer he was completely separate from Omoto and he devoted his life to budo. It is true that Ueshiba Sensei believed in the kamisama (deities) in an Omoto way. However, he practiced the Omoto religion and the secret principles which he learned from Master Deguchi served as the path for the pursuit of his studies of budo.
I find the statement that Ueshiba was completely separate from Omoto and he devoted his life to budo
to be indredulous. Simply an amazing revision and distancing from verifed factual evidence to the contrary.
The leaking out of inconsistencies: This was when the local police chief hid Ueshiba from arrest. Again Shirata:
There is a portrait of Ueshiba Sensei which was drawn by Miss Takako Kunigoshi. It is a scroll and Doshu has it at present (p. 43 of the 0-Sensei Memorial Photo Album). It is really a fine work. Through an involved series of events, either last year or the year before, it finally arrived in the hands of Doshu. This has something to do with the second Omoto incident in 1935. At that time Sensei was in Osaka. Kyoto Police Headquarters issued an order to the Osaka Police Headquarters for his arrest because he was a leading member of Omoto. It was a sudden thing but it was known in advance
Same interviewee, taking about the same person, two conflicting statements. Actually there are many more that people write off as complexities of a relationship. In my best SNL... Yea, that's it, complexity! It's all very complex.
Reminds me of the interviews with the execs from Goldman Sacs and AIG and Paulson and Geithners origins as company men...later telling stories that were in direct opposition to their prior statements and closing the interviews when it was read back to them. With one of them telling the reporter "These things are too complex for normal people to understand them."
Different Administrations, different players...the same money men; company men, and story lines that are-in the end- amazing machines in motion.