Ushigome-yanagicho Station lies on the Toei Oedo subway line in the Shinjuku Ward of Tokyo.


The station derives its name Ushigome-yanagicho from the previous name of the neighborhood. The area was previously known as Ichigaya-yanagi and it was located in the former ward of Ushigome. Ushigome-yanagicho is today a quiet residential neighborhood of Shinjuku. The only prominent feature of the place is the headquarters of Aikido.


Aikido World Headquarters


The Aikido World Headquarters is located only a minute's walk from Ushigome-yanagicho Station.


Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art form created by Morihei Ueshiba, a specialist in all martial arts in 1920. The thought behind Aikido is that it is the path of the warrior, which combines the spirits of the heaven and earth in the heart, and fulfills life's destiny with unconditional love for everything. The goal of Aikido is not perfection, but improving one's character according to the rules of nature. Aikido's movements are characterized by flowing circular dance-like motions. Though these may seem soft and smooth in nature, in reality they are greatly effective. Besides being a great form of defending oneself, Aikido teaches proper behavior and etiquette. Aikido was officially recognized by the Japanese Government in 1940.


Through its Headquarters, Aikido works towards developing it and promoting it throughout the world. The present head of the organization is Moritero Ueshiba, the grandson of the founder.



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