Wendy Whited Helps Return Flag

Last year, friend of the Chicago Aikido Club and local instructor Wendy Whited of Inaka Dojo in Beecher was instrumental in the return of a wartime Japanese Rising Sun flag to the family of its original owner. The flag had been in the possession of a friend of Wendy’s, who entrusted her with bringing it back to its rightful place. Wendy used her contacts in Japan through aikido, and eventually the flag’s owner was identified (Hiromasa Sakamoto, killed in battle) and the flag was returned to the owner’s son Susumu in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture. The story was summarized in a news segment broadcast on the RKK television network in Kumamoto Japan, thanks to information provided by Munetsugu Sakabe, head instructor of Aikido Aishinkan dojo.


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