Imaizumi: Take a look at Kisshomaru Ueshiba Sensei's latest book, Aikido Ichiro (My life in Aikido, publisihed in October 1995 by Shuppan Geijutsusha, Tokyo. This book is the kind of memoirs of the author through a history of Aikido. But this time, I can only find the name of Koichi Tohei Sensei in this book. For example, the name of Tohei Sensei appears several times: In page 79 (as a friend of Tadashi Abe Sensei in a quotation from an article written by a fiction writer named Mr. Kawahara), in page 194 (as one of uchideshi in the Kobukai), and in page 212 (as one of pioneers who went to the foreign countries to spread Aikido). Although there are several Hawaii stories of O'Sensei and the Second Doshu, nobody can find out from this book who took a first step in Hawaii to spread Aikido. Even in the Aikido nempu or a chronological list of a history of Aikido in Appendix (page 288-301), Tohei Sensei's achievement in the United States had been obliterated completely although I could find many matters of no consequence in comparison with Tohei Sensei's first step in Hawaii in 1953. It sounds to me, according to Kisshomaru Ueshiba Sensei's Aikido Ichiro, that a history of Aikido in the United States began almost spontaneously without anyone's effort. Mr. Pranin, what a difference there was among three books by the same authro, Kisshomaru Ueshiba Sensei.
That was the one real flaw in what was otherwise a very interesting book.
Needless to say, when Moriteru Doshu visited Hawaii last year there was no mention of Tohei, but there was quite a bit of talk about the times that Kisshomaru spent in Hawaii (which were not insignificant, but later). I'm pretty sure - since I was translating for him
It's actually a very common Japanese response to an awkward situation - ignore it and pretend that it doesn't exist. Of course, that doesn't make it right - especially since they have to realize that they are no longer dealing only with other Japanese.