Re: Okawa Shumei and Morihei Ueshiba: A Curious Madness
Hello Ian, it is interesting that you bring this up, I am currently reading the new book "Journey to the Heart of Aikido" by Linda Holliday, it has this to say,
(Blue Snake Books Berkley California) quote from Pg 64-65
"in 1942 O-Sensei abruptly stepped back from his involvement with the military. He resigned all his official teaching positions in Tokyo and moved with is wife 100 miles north to the village of Iwama, where they owned some uncultivated land. There, as they cleared and farmed the land, producing food for their family and others, O-Sensei quitetly pursued his practice of martial arts and spiritual purification in the relative peace of the countryside. Privatley he expressed as intense frustration at the direction his country was taking. "There are getting to be more and more people in the military who are reckless and indiscriminate with their power. They have forgotten the importance of helping people, of relieving suffering..... Harmony, love and courtesy are essential to true budo, but the people who are in power these days are only interested in playing with weapons. They misrepresent budo as a tool for power struggles, violence and destruction, and they want to use me towards this end..... I have no intention of allowing myself to become their tool. I see no other way but to go into retreat." 18 - Mitsugi Saotome, Aikido and the harmony of nature"
Pg 65 "Even when the defeat of Japan was imminent, O-Sensei remained resolutely optimistic about the path of reconstruction ahead "Don't worry -- hereafter, the true Aikido will emerge." 20 - Stevens, Abundant Peace 49.