Thank you Sensei for sharing this. I was fortunate to take ukemi for Chida Sensei multiple times in 2000 when he visited Southern California. I can say without doubt that I completely understand what you said about him being asleep.
Two techniques I remember and still discuss with my own students were shihonage and shomen iriminage. People said, "you took good ukemi". I said, "know I didn't. I didn't take ukemi. It was given to me." Great memories!