On Sunday, March 31, the birthday of the Great Morihiro Saito Sensei, became another important day of celebration for the Saito family and Iwama Aikido.
On this day, Yasuhiro Saito, son of Hitohira Saito Kaicho and grandson of Morihiro Saito Shihan celebrated his passage to heir apparent of Iwama Aikido, succeeding with the name Morihiro Saito Nidaime, 2nd generation.
This celebration took place at one of the most famous landmarks in Japan, the Meiji Jingū, aka Meiji Shrine 明治神宮, in Tokyo. This shrine is dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji, which is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken, which proved to be the perfect setting for this historic event.
Uke: Mitsuyoshi Saito.