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Old 08-21-2013, 01:46 PM   #32
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Re: Is is it still Aikido if you take away the Japanese clothes, etiquette and other things?

Christopher Li wrote: View Post
I think that there are much better ways to become a part of Japanese culture than just about any Aikido dojo I've ever seen in the United States. In my experience most people who try that come away with a somewhat delusional view of Japan and Japanese culture.

And what about Japanese people in Japan, are they still trying to become part of a Japanese culture?

If you're talking about "traditional" Japanese culture, then how did that work for Morihei Ueshiba, was he also trying to become part of some culture? If he wasn't - than what was he trying to do? Shouldn't that be where we're trying to go?


I am not talking about general Japanese culture...sorry, I thought you got that with your reference to togas. People didn't walk around ancient Rome wearing those.
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