We hope you'll leave your remembrances and the many many stories we don't know about Aya.
-The Itagaki Family
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After suffering a massive stroke - she did not do anything in half measures - we took Aya off the ventilator last night (1/25/14). She died about an hour later, just ... Read more
I noticed that there are still many of us who visit this website because we miss Aya. I would like to share Aya's sexy shot that I took last October. Mr. & Mrs. ... Read more
Perhaps we need to start a list of those Aya has assisted. It is my understanding that the Itagaki family will have a memorial of Aya's life in Vermont this coming ... Read more
This snippet of a poem by Mary Oliver may help us all. It was sent by a friend when a mutual friend died, and I've thought that it holds a lot of truth:... To live ... Read more
This cartoon really fits with what Aya meant to many of us: http://www.gocomics.com/stonesoup/2014/01/18#.Uur4iX-9KSPMay she inspire others to take risks..... Read more
Aya, how can I express my surprise? When I got the horrible news that you were in hospital and in danger, I couldn't believe it. Just a couple of days before, I had got ... Read more
Dearest Aya, strongest of women, beloved teacher, superior artist, whose work spoke to everyone - the woodsman, the scientist, the artist, the scholar, the gardener. We ... Read more
This revealing glimpse of Aya's karate spirit comes from a testimonial she wrote for Murray Kohn, a senior OKA student who was opening his own dojo in his native ... Read more
Haruhiko and family, I was saddened to read of your mother's passing. Over the years my mother would speak of your mother, her face lighting up with each story ... Read more
I studied calligraphy with Aya for 5 years beginning in 1982 when my children had just begun school. I had only a few hours a day to myself and each week I went to Aya's ... Read more
Aya with her friends Lili Mayor and Judith Lerner at the opening of the AVA Founders show last year. I was lucky enough to take a workshop with Aya several years ago. I ... Read more