Re: Aikido and Samurai: a few questions
Just a couple points.
1. If one defines samurai as a social class, Morihei Ueshiba was a samurai, from both sides of his family. His personality and tendencies also seem to reflect this; his ineptitude/unconcern with money, a strong interest for learning, and a love for the martial arts.
2. According to several shihan, the Founder did focus on nonlethal techniques post-war and modified them as well.
3. In any discussion on the samurai, I think it is important to clearly separate what was the ideal and what actually happened.