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Sunday, 7th February 2010

MSMAS hold annual 'Kagami Biraki' ~ Postponed by weather from 10/1....

It is an annual tradition at MSMAS to hold this Session as traditional ceremonial beginning of our Budo Keiko. Normally held 10/1, but due to heavy snow, was held 7/2...

 

‘Kagami Biraki’ at MSMAS (Tenshin Kan Dojo UK)

• 0900              ‘Harai no Gi’.

• 0900/1100     Training for ALL Members in the Dojo.

• 1100              ‘Breaking the Mochi’ then Oshiruko, sushi & sake for all ...

• 1130              Formal Demonstrations of Iaido, Kendo, Judo & Aikido at MSMAS.

• 1215              Official message from Hanshi Hamada in Kyoto, Japan.

• 1225              Traditional 'Banzai' by all present.

• 1230              ‘Osame no Gi’.

In Honbu, Kyoto Butokuden, they held Kagamibiraki Keiko likewise. At this session we held official practice, plus a moment of silent prayer to extend best wishes for everyone in Dai Nippon Butoku Kai and the rest of the world for a peaceful 2010.

Kagami Biraki is a Japanese traditional ceremony which literally translates to "Opening the Mirror" (from an abstinence) or, also, "Breaking of the Mochi."

It traditionally falls on January 11 (odd numbers are associated with being good luck in Japan) but, in practice outside of Japan, generally occurs around that date.

It is generally the first important event of the year after New Year Day Misogi.

It refers to the opening of a Kagami mochi, or to the opening of a cask of Sake at a party or ceremony.

The 4th Tokugawa Shogun was the first one to hold this ceremony 300 years ago. Before going to war he gathered his Daimyo in his castle to break open a sake cask. The battle was successful, so from there on a new ceremony was born.

The ceremony nowadays is also performed at weddings, sporting events, starting a new company, etc.

In Japan, mochi was traditionally made at home. Over the holidays, a pair of round mochi (kagami mochi) the size of small plates -- one a little larger than the other -- is stacked on a stand and placed in a household Shinto altar or tokonoma as an offering to the deities that visit on New Year's. The ornamental mochi is removed on January 11 and broken into smaller pieces before being eaten.

By this time, the kagami mochi is usually quite brittle and cracks appear on the surface. The mochi is not cut with a knife, since cutting has negative connotations (cutting off ties) and is instead broken with one's hands or with a hammer.

Many Japanese Martial Art Dojos use the Kagami Biraki ceremony to signify their first practice of the New Year ~ MSMAS do the same .....

A large number MSMAS Members, familiies and friends gathered in the Dojo for this years Kagami Biraki which as usual was enjoyed by all...

Many thanks to Terashima Renshi, Hinton Sensei, Franco Sensei and Jackson Sempai for their demonstrations and to everyone for joining in the spirit of the day !!

 

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