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Old 12-17-2007, 01:10 PM   #26
Ron Tisdale
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Re: Training in Japan, yes or no?

I think I remember a thread about this on e-budo, in the news from Japan section. Check it out there...


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Old 12-17-2007, 01:43 PM   #27
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Re: Training in Japan, yes or no?

Thanks Ron!

Best Wishes,

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Old 12-17-2007, 07:10 PM   #28
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Re: Training in Japan, yes or no?

Dan Botari wrote: View Post
The only thing that is causing me some hesitation is the new law Japan has enacted requiring all foreingers to be finger printed and photographed upon entry to the country.

While I'm no criminal and have nothing to fear, it still makes me feel uneasy about the whole issue. Let alone the invasion of privacy issue, I am very concerned about the custodial issues such as how long can they/will they retain this info and how secure is it?

Has anyone out there experienced this situation yet? Can you provide some answers?


Thats only the half of it. If your living there you will have to get a gaijin card "foreign resident ID card" which you must carry around with you all the time. You pretty much can't do anything without that. Cops will sometimes stop you to check if your carrying one and they can arrest you if your not. An American friend of mine spent almost a month in the local police station jail because he wasn't carrying his card when some dude on a bicycle crashed into him on the footpath and was thrown off.

When I flew to Guam from Tokyo I was given the wrong immigration papers on the plane. They thought I was American. Anyway in customs the American immigration officer was so helpful. "You from Perth? Beautiful place! I love Australia!!!, Don't worry about this document just sign here". It was funny to see the Japanese with the wrong documents sent to the back of the line. lol now that Bush's friend Howard is gone I guess I will be joining those Japanese too...
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Old 12-18-2007, 10:31 AM   #29
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Re: Training in Japan, yes or no?

I had the opportunity to live, work and train in Japan for three years. It was the best experience of my life.

I had the great fortune to train under Murase-sensei, who trained directly under Yoshinobu Takeda Shihan. http://www.aikidosydneycity.com/takedashihan.html

I trained 3-4 times per week with Murase-sensei and usually twice a month we travelled to Takeda Shihan's dojo.

I highly recommend going. Take any opportunity there is to train. Cramb as much training and living into whatever time you have there. The memories will stay with you forever!
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Old 12-19-2007, 01:02 PM   #30
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Re: Training in Japan, yes or no?

Returned back from Hombu Dojo two weeks ago, it was like living a dream. The practice and being at Hombu gave the last 40 years meaning. Watching the more senior Aikidoka arriving for practice at 6.30am, demonstrated that I still have many years practice ahead.
Don't miss the opportunity.
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