Donations to Restore O´Sensei’s Iwama Dojo


As you know, the Founder’s Dojo in Iwama was severely damaged in the Japan earthquake that occurred in March of this year.

Aikido Doshu, Moriteru Ueshiba, has decided to restore the Dojo. This is important, since the Dojo must be preserved for the future. Together with the Aiki Jinja, it is unique in the Aikido and Budo world. This is where O´Sensei completed Aikido, and we always have had a close relation to Iwama.

The restoration will take 4–6 months and is, of course, very expensive. This initiative of accepting donations is taken to appeal to the Aikido world for financial support, and is supported by Doshu.

Everyone is welcome to contribute a donation of any amount. Please send your donations to the following bank account:

Account No: 1 0 1 5 0 0 7 (Current Account)
Bank Address: 3-14-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 160-0022

Doshu will receive your goodwill with gratitude. Hombu would like to be informed of the name of the donor and amount given, the same procedure followed in collecting donations for the bronze statue of the Founder at the Aiki Jinja.

Please forward this message to as many as possible.

Yours in Aiki,

Ulf Evenas


  1. Ana Carolina says:

    Mr. Ulf,

    How is the current (and also the actual) condition of Iwama dojo? Do you know if they are giving practices normally or if the dojo is closed (and it will be closed until the end of restoration)?

    Thank you very much.

  2. I’m happy there are plans for the restoration of the Iwama dojo. As mentioned in the article, it’s an important historical icon and an active centre of Aikido.

    I would recommend that you set up a PayPal account for donations. This will make it easier for people from all over the world to donate. Transferring money using the Japanese account is expensive for many. Paypal will also make it easier to donate amounts of any size.

  3. yes, we have set up a website to accept paypal payments in the US — http://www.dojoearthquakerelief.org


  4. The dojo is closed for training but the daily practice continues in the Aiki Jinja next door. As far as I know they continue to accept uchi-deshi.
    PayPal is a good idea but how do we let Doshu know?

  5. I am inspired by your noble dedication to and appreciation of the great ones who gave so much to discover and transmit to future generations the martial truths they held so dear. Good for you!

  6. Currently there is no training inside the Dojo, but there are four Uchideshi at Shibu Dojo at the time, who are training three times a day. I think outside and inside the Jinja.

    The women stay in Osensei’s house and the men stay in the Red house.

    As pointed out by Kristoffer, it is expensive to transfer money to Japan. However, I think it is important that many individuals, dojos and organizations make their contribution. Even small contributions are much welcome.

    It is also important to tell who made the donation. This is clearly stated from Hombu Dojo in the information I received. Same as donors to the O´senseis statue a couple of years ago. Doshu wants to thank the donators later.

    I suggest that several donors team up and send their contributions and tell who gave and how much.

    I hope I have clarified the situation.

    Yours in Aiki

  7. Ulf,

    I have been trying to donate some money but my bank HSBC shows a different address and do not show 3-14-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 160-0022. I have used BIC/Swift Code: SMBCJPJT. Can you please confirm that using a different address for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in Tokyo is OK?

    Kind regards



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