The interview below with Noriaki (Yoichiro) Inoue, nephew of Morihei Ueshiba, has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.
It is difficult to enter my dojo to practice because our office head is quite strict. However since I heard that you telephoned me so many times I felt sorry for you. I heard that you have been living in Japan for years publishing news about aikido and making great efforts. Therefore I thought I would see you once and have a relaxed conversation and tell you some things frankly. This is why we had you come here. Excuse me! (Laughter) Please forgive us. That’s the kind of person I am. I hate putting on airs or telling lies. If someone lies they are sure to be caught
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