Located in the Kii mountains, in the remote Kumano area of Japan, is a historic Aikido dojo with close connections to Aikido's founder, Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). Over the years, a collection of historical photographs has accumulated, including rare images of Aikido's founder. These valuable photos are in various states of decay, and are slowly fading away. In addition to their age, Japan's recent natural disasters have repeatedly threatened the archive. During Typhoon Talas last fall, the Kumano River flooded the area and entered the dojo where the photos are kept.
Aikido instructor Linda Holiday (long-time student of Motomichi Anno Sensei, Chief Instructor of the Kumano Juku Dojo in Shingu) has been granted access to this archive and will be leading a pilgrimage to the Kumano area in April of this year. With your generous donation, I will be able to accompany her and spend 2 weeks cataloging, scanning and protecting these images. After returning, I will spend the following months restoring these historic images and working to ensure their availability for generations to come.
In addition to preserving these historic images, I will also be photographing the mountains, rivers and shrines that we encounter on our pilgrimage. As a thank you for your generous support of this project, I will offer a selection of these photos to choose from at each level of support, and it is my hope that these limited edition prints will find a special place in your home.
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