Seminars introducing the essence of Japanese culture through Shodo, Aikido, themed on the Mastery of Martial Arts and Liberal Arts and its applications for personal and professional life.

Business Seminars

Mindset, Attitude, Behavior, Deportment, Physical Finesse, Calmness under Pressure, how to unify and Balance Mind and Body, rediscovering hidden values in Japanese culture, an innovative approach to improving mental health and engagement at work drawing on the best elements of Japanese culture.
Curriculum Examples (240 minutes)
  1. Lessons from the Mastery of Sword and Letters Part One
  2. Brush Writing Theme 1
  3. Seeing the Character through Brushwork
  4. How to Hold the Brush, How to Hold the Sword, Whole Body Breathing
  5. Brush Writing Theme 2
  6. Lessons from the Mastery of Sword and Letters Part Two
  7. Discussion, Q&A

* Brush Writing Themes are connected to themes at work
** We provide all supplies for brush writing exercises

Public Seminars

Rediscover the value of Japanese culture at hand, increase your appreciation of history and culture in a contemporary context, enjoy liberal learning to cultivate the whole person.

Instructor Profiles

William Reed

Born in 1952 in the United States, William Reed is currently a Professor at the International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) at Yamanashi Gakuin University. He has an 8th-dan in Aikido from the Aikido Yuishinkai. He also has a 10th-dan in Shodo from the Zen Nihon Kyoiku Shodo Renmei, where he is also Vice-Chairman, and has won top prizes in many Calligraphy Competitions. He is a Graphology Advisor with the Japan Graphologist Association. Special Instructor in Nanba Jutsu, the Art of Physical Finesse. Weekly Television Commentator for Yamanashi Broadcasting Tetete TV, and Navigator for YBS Radio interviewing Business Pioneers and Innovative Executives in Yamanashi Prefecture (Kaitakusha no Rasshinban). Navigator for NHK World, Journeys in Japan. Navigator and Poster Calligraphy Artist for the Samurai History Documentary Aizu 150th Anniversary of the Boshin War. Calligrapher for the Sports Agency Video on BUDO Tourism. Monthly Series in the Gekkan Hiden Magazine on Samurai Shodo, The Brush is the Sword of the Mind. First Certified World Class Speaking Coach, taught by Craig Valentine, 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking in Toastmasters. Director of the Japan Handmade Samurai Armor Instructors Association, and annual leader in the Shingenko Matsuri, the largest Samurai Festival in the World. Ambassador for Japanese Culture inside and outside Japan, in English and Japanese. Winner of Scottish Samurai Great Shogun Award 2019. Author of bestselling books including World Class Speaking (Sekai Saiko no Prezen Jutsu) from Kadokawa Books. 

Aikido 8th-dan from Aikido Yuishinkai
Shodo 10th-dan from Zen Nihon Kyoiku Shodo Renmeni
Samurai Walk
Aizu 150th Anniversary of Boshin War Documentary Film
YBS Radio Series. Business Compass: Pioneers of Kai


Born in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture. Yamabushi, Yoga, Meditation, Waterfall Training Master of Yukiko School. Instructor at Hitotsubashi University. After graduating from Tsukuba University Graduate School, for over 35 years he has taught Yoga, KoBudo, and variations of Bodywork for Health and Improvement of Physical Coordination. 20th-degree Master of Haguro Koshu Kendo, he currently is engaged in teaching applications of Shugendo and Mountain Shamanism to practical applications in daily life. Senior Director of PowerHouse Hone Navi. Instructor of Courses at Asahi Culture Center. Publications include books on preventing pain in lower back, shoulders, and knees (Wani Books PLUS Shinsho). In 2018 published 2 DVDs from BAB Publishing on Introduction to Essentials of Shugendo and Practical Applications of Shugendo.
Regular Series in Gekkan Hiden on Shugendo to Improve Mind and Body Performance.

Hone Navi


Born in Yamanashi. Tea Master (Chajin). Full name Maeshima Koutarou. Certified as a Tea Ceremony Shihan in Omote Senke Style. Resident Master of Taro An Tea House. He began studying Tea Ceremony at the age of 6, and has conducted over 600 Tea Ceremonies. He conducts classes in Tea Ceremony for Parents and Children at the Historic Zen Temple of Erinji in Yamanashi, as well as at Japanese Cultural Events in Japan. He has conducted Tea Ceremony events sponsored by French-Japan Municipal Organizations in Paris and Beaune, as well as at numerous events for Foreign visitors to Japan. He has also conducted seminars for companies and businesses themed on the Tea Ceremony, working with Sunrise Promotion Tokyo. He has conducted programs in Outdoor Tea Cermony with Notdate Nist, event venues including Antique Houses, Snow Bound Tea Cer, as well as Events held in Rain, Mountains, by Starlight, under Cherry Blossoms, in Temples and Shrines, and by Natural Streams. He is dedicated to the pursuit of the essential elements of Japanese Aesthetics and Beauty. The name of his Tea House Taro An (Taro Hermitage), was named after his grandmother’s beloved family dog Taro.