There is a new Shintaido website which has been created for the Taimyo Network for World Peace. Below is Ito Sensei's introduction to this new site:
December 7 and December 10 will be here soon. December 7, 1941, is when the Japanese navy attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and December 10, 1937, is when the Japanese army in China invaded Nanjing in China (the "Nanjing massacre"). The truth about Nanjing, especially about the number of people killed, is fiercely debated even within Japan. However, there is no question that more than 60 years ago, the leaders of Japan took the country in the wrong direction. The Imperial Army and Navy invaded China, Korea, Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and Indonesia at the sacrifice of millions of lives.
Imperial Japan and the Japanese people before and during World War II were highly idealistic. The tragedy of that war shows that no matter how high their ideals, nations and people can cause terrible destruction to their neighbors and themselves if they think only about their own benefit.
I will be in meditation from December 7 to December 10 to reflect on my responsibility as a Japanese for the shameful behavior of my country in the past, to do everything that I can to prevent such terrible things from happening again, and to pray that leaders around the world will avoid such terrible mistakes in the future. I invite you to join me!
For further information about my action, please visit "the Taimyo Network for the World Peace at http://www.taimyo.net/!
H. F. Ito
I would like to invite you to participate in an experiment to create a multilingual, online, Shintaido encyclopedia.
A few weeks ago, I was inspired by a note David Franklin made on the European Shintaido College weblog where he presented his idea for a Shintaido Lexicon. I was very excited by David's idea and I thought it might become more powerful if we could have something similar to the free, online, encyclopedia Wikipedia.
Shintaido of America has allowed me to install the Wikipedia software on the Shintaido of America website and I would encourage people to login and experiment with the system by writing new entries or editing existing entries. Please do whatever you feel is necessary to decide whether or not the system might be useful for you.
One of the easiest ways to get started is to look at a few English definitions such as, Ageoroshi and Boh. Once there, you can click on links in the lower left corner to see the same definition in Czech, French, or Japanese.
These experimental wiki's will remain running until March 1, 2006. By that time I hope that people in the global Shintaido community will be able to decide if they want to have a Shintaido encyclopedia and how best to support it.
If you have any questions or comments:
I look forward to seeing how this works out!
Shintaido of America Webmaster
Some recently rediscovered photos from a keiko taught in New York City by Ishii Sensei on March 12, 2005 have been added to the gallery.
In January, Master Instructor Michael Thompson Sensei gave a lecture at the Pacific Shintaido Kangeiko. The video that David Franklin made of the lecture is available online.
The International Shintaido Federation (ISF) is moving its mailing list to Yahoo! Groups.
If you were on the old mailing list, you should be receiving email with directions about how to join the new mailing list.
ISF members who wish join the mailing list should visit the isf-ml group on Yahoo! Groups to join.
British Shintaido now has a beautiful, new website you might want to visit.
It is now very easy to find:
They have also added a very interesting "Technical notes" section which practitioners may enjoy.
If you enjoy their new website, please send your compliments to Charles Burns.