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Old 06-27-2006, 11:14 PM   #1
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Kamiza and Shomen Pics

Hi Everyone,

A post in the "Spiritual" forum about Kamidana got me interested in seeing what different dojo's Shomen and Kamiza look like. I'll start it off, here is ours from Alamo City Aikido in San Antonio, TX:
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Old 06-28-2006, 01:25 PM   #2
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Re: Kamiza and Shomen Pics



New Dojo. New Kamiza. I like both.

Aikido of Midland, Texas

(note to self: replace the glass in O'Sensei's picture with non-glare glass. )

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Old 06-28-2006, 01:31 PM   #3
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Re: Kamiza and Shomen Pics

I am (unfortunatly) not a student at this dojo, but I love their shomen so much, I have to make a mention of it:

Aikido of Tamalpais (Wendy Palmer and George Leonard, Senseis)



VERY awsome shomen and was my "inspiration" for suggesting to Sensei Riggs that Aikido of Midland base the shomen around one of the windows. Due to the layout of the room, it worked out perfectly and, hopefully, we may one day have a stained glass kanji to go in the window as well. REALLY looking forward to seeing if that happens.

Kudos to Aikido of Tamalpais! They have an excellent shomen, in an excellent dojo with some of the best instructors in the United States.

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Old 06-28-2006, 01:55 PM   #4
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We have a brick wall... It's very Zen.

The people who understand, understand prefectly.
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Old 06-28-2006, 08:01 PM   #5
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Re: Kamiza and Shomen Pics

we have a painting of O'sensei hung from the drop ceiling by a shoelace.....we arent done with the dojo yet but we are training in it, I dont think he minds much as long as we train hard

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Old 06-28-2006, 08:45 PM   #6
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Re: Kamiza and Shomen Pics

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John Boswell wrote:
I am (unfortunatly) not a student at this dojo, but I love their shomen so much, I have to make a mention of it:

Aikido of Tamalpais (Wendy Palmer and George Leonard, Senseis)



VERY awsome shomen and was my "inspiration" for suggesting to Sensei Riggs that Aikido of Midland base the shomen around one of the windows. Due to the layout of the room, it worked out perfectly and, hopefully, we may one day have a stained glass kanji to go in the window as well. REALLY looking forward to seeing if that happens.

Kudos to Aikido of Tamalpais! They have an excellent shomen, in an excellent dojo with some of the best instructors in the United States.
I particularly like the image of "ai" embedded in the center.

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Old 06-28-2006, 09:00 PM   #7
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Re: Kamiza and Shomen Pics

Now, maybe this doesn't count because it's a Jinja, but this is the Shomen of the dojo at Tsubaki Kannagara Jinja.
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Old 06-29-2006, 12:33 AM   #8
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Nice, and so low key

No, honestly, impressive!
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Old 06-29-2006, 06:53 AM   #9
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Re: Kamiza and Shomen Pics

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we have a painting of O'sensei hung from the drop ceiling by a shoelace.....we arent done with the dojo yet but we are training in it, I dont think he minds much as long as we train hard
Well said. Our picture of O-Sensei is placed on the cart we use to store our tatami when they are not used.

He is bowed to with the same respect and humility as any other picture of him in any dojo.

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Old 06-29-2006, 10:03 AM   #10
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Re: Kamiza and Shomen Pics

As we train in a fitness center and have to set-up and tear-down each class, we have a "shomen-in-a-box". The blue cloth covers a RubberMaid storage box and O Sensei, the flower arrangement and necessary dojo log books etc, live inside when not in use.

The flower is fake and from Target, but I get a lot of complements on it when we have it set up at demos. Guess I got lucky. The photo of O Sensei was a gift from a friend long ago. The stone is my favorite concept in Aikido, takemusu aiki.

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Old 06-29-2006, 10:31 AM   #11
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Re: Kamiza and Shomen Pics

I like that picture of O'Sensei, Jack. The poster you can get from Aikido Journal, but having on that board the way it is, with the kanji next to him... worn on the corner... there's something very cool about that that I like. Flower is pretty good and I like the stone as well.

Not bad at all!

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Old 06-29-2006, 02:42 PM   #12
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Thanks John. I think the poster photo is different. I'm not sure where my friend got the photo we use, but it seems to be O Sensei beside the kanji, in other words, we didn't put the two together.

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Old 06-29-2006, 03:24 PM   #13
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Re: Kamiza and Shomen Pics

The Kamiza at the Kannagara Jinja is great! I've got to try and make it by there next time I am in Seattle at Ledyard Sensei's dojo.
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Old 06-29-2006, 05:16 PM   #14
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Re: Kamiza and Shomen Pics

Jack,

I agree with John, for a "Kamiza-on-the-go" that is quite excellent !!

The calligraphy stone is very nice !
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:46 PM   #15
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Re: Kamiza and Shomen Pics

Quote:
Sonja McGough wrote:
Nice, and so low key

No, honestly, impressive!
Heheheh! Well sure it's not much to look at, but maybe they were going for a "zen" approach? ...which is odd being a Shinto shrine

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Old 02-25-2013, 02:09 PM   #16
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Re: Kamiza and Shomen Pics

Here is the kamiza that I did for our dojo. It disasembles into 3 parts for easy transportation. The heaviest of the 3 parts is less than 50 pounds. It is made of solid walnut and hardwood maple. Just click on the link in my sig file, it is at the bottom of the page. The kanji is engraved. I am willing to share the plans and material list to any who are interested. Here are more pictures from an album on my facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...1&l=14236e3b25

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