We have added a link to your fine web site at Michi Online. You can find it
by going to Michi Links: Martial Arts: Aikido
(http://www.michionline.org/resources/Michi_Links/). Would you please
consider adding Michi Online's main page (www.michionline.org) to your list
of links? We're sponsored by the Sennin Foundation, Inc., which is a
federally tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation, and we'd very much appreciate
your support. Please let me know if this will be possible.

If you have not heard of us, check out Michi Online--a resource for everyone
interested in Japan's arts and methods of personal growth as well as the home
of perhaps the world's first electronic journal of the Japanese cultural
arts. We're still under construction, but the second issue of our journal is
available for reading. Just go to:


If you're just discovering this journal and Michi Online, be sure to take a
look at our inaugural issue in the Archive section. And if you've already
seen our first attempt, welcome back. We've probably made a few changes and
improvements since the last time you stopped by. Like all web sites, Michi
Online is a work in progress, which we think will be worth visiting again in
the future.

In this Winter 2000 issue of the journal, we're publishing an excerpt from
Kyoto Dreaming, Mr. Wayne Muromoto's semi-autobiographical book. Kyoto
Dreaming depicts his experiences studying tea ceremony and martial arts in
Japan. It is a fine work. Much more than a biographical account, Kyoto
Dreaming delves deeply into Japan itself, and most importantly, into the
nature of all Do, or "Ways," in general. If you've ever wondered why people
devote their lives to the study of Japanese arts and Ways, what effect this
devotion has on a very personal level, and what it's like to study a Way in
Japan, Kyoto Dreaming is a must-read.

Ann Kameoka Sensei and I have written an article about the history of kado,
or "the Way of flowers." Kado, which is also known as ikebana, is one of the
Ways with a worldwide following, and you can learn more about it in this
article. Kameoka Sensei and I also made a point of briefly outlining some of
the principles, philosophy, and benefits of practicing traditional Japanese
flower arrangement. If you're looking for an ikebana teacher, visit Michi
Links. We've got quite a few ikebana resources.

Plus, in this issue, we've included a review of the new Weatherhill book
Clearing Away Clouds. Written by Stephen Fabian Sensei, Clearing Away Clouds,
like Kyoto Dreaming, is an autobiographical account of Dr. Fabian's time in
Japan, what he learned from living there, and how these "lessons" can enhance
the lives of others. It is as different as it is similar to Kyoto Dreaming,
and we hope to publish an excerpt from Clearing Away Clouds in the next issue
of Michi Online: Journal of Japanese Cultural Arts.

In our next issue, we'll also have another great article by Mr. Dave Lowry,
our friend who has supported Michi Online from its inception. Mr. Lowry is a
widely read author, with fans throughout the world, and we're sure that
they'll enjoy his continuing contributions to our journal.

Michi Online has vastly expanded its Michi Links section as well. And we'll
continue to do so. Since we're adding links on almost a daily basis, be sure
to look for links to your favorite Japanese art whenever you drop by.

We hope you'll join us in exploring the world of Japanese arts, meditation,
and culture.


H. E. Davey
Editor-Michi Online
President-Sennin Foundation, Inc.