I had an amazing opportunity this Monday to photograph the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America (Granite Falls, WA), the North America Branch of one of Japan’s oldest and most prestigious shrines. Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America offers training in Aikido and I recently began practice.
Aikido is unique among martial ways because it rooted both in ancient warrior ways and on spirituality. “Aikido” translates (roughly) as “the way of unifying energy”. There’s an inseparable spiritual quality to Aikido.
The Aikido at Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America is taught by Rev. Koichi Barrish, the senior Shinto Priest who has been the instructor of Aikido for more that 40 years.
Clearly, there’s something incredibly special about Rev. Barrish, his Aikido and the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America.
If you’re ever in the Granite Falls area, the Shrine is something you shouldn’t miss. The shrine sits on 25 acres of beautiful land.
Aikido is taught on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5:30 – 9:00 (2 classes) and Saturday 10:00 – 12:00. Come check out a class and be amazed.
Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America
17720 Crooked Mile
Granite Falls, WA 98252