Message from the Director
At the age of eleven, by fortunate happenstance I came across a book on Aikido for just 99 cents, a book which led to spending most of my adult life living in Japan and exploring its cultural roots. More than 10,000 kilometers from where I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, I found myself deeply engaged in Japanese culture. With the help of amazing Master teachers and countless people who supported me on my journey, I reached to the roots of Aikido, Shodo, and many elements of Japanese language and culture, and became a professor of Japan Studies at Yamanashi Yakuin University International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA). To recognize and convey this wonderful legacy, we established Wa no Mori to revalue Japanese culture and revitalize local culture. I hope to achieve this with the dual perspective of having grown up in a foreign culture and deep initiation into Japanese culture. Thank you for your support!