Morihiro Saito Shihan Passes

From Stanley Pranin

 saitohead.JPG (2576 bytes)IWAMA, Japan (5-13-02)- It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Morihiro Saito Sensei in Iwama, Japan early Monday morning, May 13, 2002.

Saito Sensei was truly one of the giants of modern aikido and his strong presence will be sorely missed. This editor was among the thousands of students touched by Saito Sensei during his lifetime.

His son and successor Hitohiro Saito Shihan plans to hold a private funeral for family members shortly and a formal ceremony to be held in Japan in about one month's time.

He asks that anyone planning to go to Japan to pay their respects attend the formal funeral to be announced soon.

For those interested in learning more about Saito Sensei, here are two articles available on our website:

Funeral arrangements announced

Formal funeral services for Morihiro Saito Sensei will be held on June 22-23 in Tomobe, Ibaragi Prefecture near Iwama. The site of the funeral will be 
JA Ceremony Hall Suwa located at Taira-machi 1112-1, Tomobe-machi, Telephone: 0296-78-0983. The exact schedule for the various services will be 
announced shortly.

Morihiro Saito Sensei passed away on May 13 in his home in Iwama, site of the Aiki Shrine and the private dojo of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. 
A 9th dan, he was one of the most significant figures in the postwar development of the art and was particularly known for his mastery of 
taijutsu and the aiki ken and jo. 

Those wishing to convey their condolences to the Saito family may do so by writing to:

Hitohiro Saito Sensei 
Yoshioka 26, Iwama-machi
Nishi Ibaragi-gun, Ibaragi-ken
Japan 319-0202

In Memoriam article by Jöran Fagerlund of Sweden

Joran Fagerlund, the chairman of the Aikido Section of the Swedish Budo Federation, has contributed an article in commemoration of the passing 
of Morihiro Saito Sensei. There is also a lovely photo of Saito Sensei working in the fields in Iwama that we fell certain you will enjoy. 
You'll find Joran's post at:
http://65.119.177.201/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=9&t=001269