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Old 08-22-2013, 06:00 AM   #45
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Re: Is is it still Aikido if you take away the Japanese clothes, etiquette and other things?

Devon Smith wrote: View Post
No Japanese martial art techniques happening here...move along, move along.

The topic made me remember this photo taken near Tokyo in the late '60's. I thought I'd share just for the irony. Western clothing, Roman alphabet. The cover doesn't make the book, so it would seem.

Mao tried to do away with the Chinese characters and adopt the Roman alphabet (that's the origin of Pinyin, I believe). I know the Japanese have discussed in the past adopting English as an official second language in Japan. Maybe they considered getting rid of the Chinese characters and kana as well.

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