On Sunday, December 4, old students and friends of Joe Takehara Sensei in the Aikido community joined his regular morning class to say thanks for his long-time contributions, particularly his first-time acting appearance in the short internment drama The Orange Story which had premiered locally that weekend. The gathered crowd was treated to Takehara’s insights into breathing and relaxation (and occasional admonishments), and then retreated afterward for lunch at nearby Furama Restaurant.
Before departing, however, Takehara Sensei was able to present a sankyu certificate to club member Patrick Miller (unable to train that day due to a shoulder injury).
Left to Right: Jim Carr, Yuki Hara, Patrick Miller, Joe Takehara
All photos by Jim Moy