Joys and Sorrows of Asobi in Aikido

by SIMONE CHIERCHINI - We all enjoy having fun, there is no discussion about it. We all enjoy practicing Aikido in a friendly atmosphere - that does not need to be discussed either. Which is, however, the true place of asobi in Aikido? Having fun is a great means to an end, but be careful: where is the threshold crossed which the means becomes the end?