Category Archives: CULTURE

Ai no Bujutsu – Aiki and the Bujutsu of Love

Muko (Takeo) Nishikido

Muko (Takeo) Nishikido

Muko (Takeo) Nishikido (錦戸無光/武夫) was born in 1940 on Tinian in the Northern Mariana Islands near Saipan. After school in Kumamoto he moved to Osaka, where he began to train in Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu in 1959 and later established a dojo in Tokyo. In 1973 he met Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Kodokai Founder Kodo Horikawa in Kitami City in Hokkaido through the introduction of a friend. Upon feeling his Aiki for the first time he decided to discard his previous study of jujutsu and focus on Horikawa Sensei’s approach to Aiki.

Mr. and Mrs. HorikawaMuko Nishida with Mr. and Mrs. Horikawa in Hokkaido, 1973

After commuting to Kitami for two years, he decided to relocate with his family to Hokkaido in order to further his training and received severe individual instruction in addition to the regular training at Horikawa Sensei’s dojo.

He later established his own organization to spread the teachings of Kodo Horikawa called Hikarido (The Way of Light / 光道).

The following article contains excerpts from “The Height of Aiki” (合気の極み), written by Nishikido Sensei and published in Japanese in 2017 by BAB Japan publishing company (BABジャパン出版局), which also publishes the popular martial arts magazine Gekkan Hiden (月刊秘伝 / “Secret Teachings Monthly”).

Some of his emphasis on Ki, love and harmony in Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu may appear to be at odds with common perceptions of Daito-ryu, but it may be helpful to consider his statements in the context of similar statements from other prominent figures in the Daito-ryu world.

  • Tokimune Takeda, the son of Morihei Ueshiba’s teacher Sokaku Takeda and the Soke of Daito-ryu Aiki Budo:

“The essential principles of Daito-ryu are Love and Harmony”

“The goal of spreading Daito-ryu is ‘Harmony and Love’, …continue reading

    

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Episode 7 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog
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On this episode, a bunch of little GGO girl players visits LLENN’s house in real life. Later, she meets M in real life.

For the beginning part, I was feeling annoyed and it seems kinda pointless seeing those little girls getting involved. Are these little girls seriously “support characters”? Maybe they’ll play a big role soon? Although, for the second part, it was nice to see M reveal his real life self and reveal Pitohui’s true crazy intentions.

But, it’s weird that the government organization who arrested Laughing Coffin and other physco players from the original SAO series isn’t going to get some involvement against Pitohui. Then again, the main plot probably wouldn’t exist if they get involved. Now what’s going to be LLENN’s next plan? I can’t wait to find out. Overall, cool real life scenes and more main plot development.

Conclusion: Cool real life scenes and more main plot development. …continue reading

    

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory Episode 5 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog
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On this episode, a girl and photographer encounters each other. Later, Sousuke gets involved with them.

So it’s pretty cool to finally see a not-too-dark plot and an entirely new setting that isn’t in Japan. Also, the new characters are decent. Other than that, it seems Sousuke will work independently from Mithril for a while. Now what’s going to be the next plot for our male lead and his new allies? I’m really looking forward to it. Overall, a nice new setting and some characters introduced.

Conclusion: A nice new setting and some characters introduced. …continue reading

    

Prepare Yourselves for the Hello Kitty Shinkansen, Arriving June 30

Depending on where you sit on the Hello Kitty spectrum of kawaii-ness, this new shinkansen is either your high-speed train to heaven or hell. Earlier this year in March, news began to circulate, along with a bit of imagery, that Japan would be rolling out a Hello Kitty shinkansen. Initially, the concept artwork suggested that […]

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Otaku Time: 5 Anime to Binge on Netflix Japan Right Now

Source: Gaijin Pot
Otaku Time: 5 Anime to Binge on Netflix Japan Right Now

For Netflix binge-watchers like myself, finding a decent TV series to gobble up is an inherent skill. However, finding good anime to watch in Japan for those with little-to-no Japanese ability is another story altogether. Luckily, Netflix Japan is filled-to-the-brim with loads of animated releases — both old and new — across every genre. While changing your language settings to English does optimize the menus and provide synopses in English, that doesn’t mean that all the titles available on Netflix Japan will have English audio or even English subtitles. Unfortunately, while it contains plenty of anime titles, few have been dubbed or subtitled in English. It does include some great titles that anime veterans and newcomers alike should check out, though.

Here are five of the best Japanese anime you can watch on Netflix Japan as of May 2018. All of the shows on this list stream with either English audio, English subtitles or both. They are listed in order of lowest to highest rating on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).

5. Children of The Whales

Released last October, Children of the Whales is one of the newer shows on this list. Created by the director of the hit cyberpunk animated television series Psycho-Pass, Children of the Whales is set in a fantasy world where people live on a floating island or vessel, but instead of drifting on a sea of water they are borne about on a sea of sand. The people are magic users who wield a power called “thymia.” Their day-to-day lives hold strange, unexplained rules and customs but they live peacefully until one day another island drifts alongside them and changes everything.

What struck me most about this one was its unique visual style. While the characters were created using traditional two-dimensional …continue reading