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Sunday, 8th January 2012

MSMAS Dojo ~ Hold Annual 'Kagami Biraki'.....

MSMAS Dojo held 'Annual Kagami Biraki' to brighten the arrival of the New Year plus renew our determination for the year ahead.

 

Our Programme:

• 0900 Harai no Gi (Opening Ceremony)
• 0905 Training for ALL Members in the Dojo.
• 1030 Formal Demonstrations of Iaido, Kendo, Judo & Aikido at MSMAS.
• 1100 Official DNBKID message from Hamada Hanshi
• 1105 Osame no Gi (Closing Ceremony)
• 1110 ‘Breaking the Mochi’ then Oshiruko, sushi & sake for all.
• 1200 Close

MSMAS, along with many other Martial Art Dojos in Japan and across the world, use the 'Kagami Biraki' ceremony to signify the first practice of the New Year.

'Kagami Biraki' (鏡開き) is a Japanese phrase which literally translates to "Opening the Mirror" or, also, "Breaking of the Mochi."
It is generally the first important event of the year after New Years Day and 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.
In recent times the ceremony 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 9 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 a hammer.

 

Note from Hamada Hanshi, Chair, DNBK ID Honbu, Kyoto, Japan.

I hope this brief note finds you in excellent health.

As you know, we plan to hold worldwide synchronized Kagami Biraki Keiko and celebration of New Year on January 8th Sunday. Here in Japan, we will schedule the ceremonial beginning of the New Year in Kyoto Butokuden January 8th. We hope you will be able to hold your Kagami Biraki together with us and be united in the heart and spirit of DNBK tradition. Sharing such spirit in the beginning of the year as Budo student shall enrich us all by combining the great efforts together.

Please read and share my brief message letter at your Kagami Biraki training.

There are many ways to celebrate Kagami Biraki, but above all we hope you will signify the gathering as the symbolic and spirited occasion of cherishing the lasting bond and friendship with the fellow colleagues of the dojo association. It is absolutely so wonderful if all of DNBK members worldwide will be able to connect and join in the pure effort of being a student of Budo and enjoy the arrival of the bright New Year.

Thank you.

 

On behalf of Sosai, Higashifushimi, Jigo, we wish to extend the Happy New Year greeting to you and all your dedicated dojo members on your Kagami Biraki Keiko. We wish to thank all of your finest efforts for the no...ble missions of DNBK in the past year and now we look forward to sharing the common goals of achieving the greater success in 2012. Thus, your Kagami Biraki Keiko will be synchronized worldwide to unite our mind and spirit of DNBK.

May you have the great training today to start on the New Year practice with vigor, energy and commitment!

May you cultivate strong Shin Ki Tai, so you may courageously face all challenges in life!

May your tireless devotion to art lead to the path of your self-improvement and self-perfection!

May your unending journey as student of Budo be filled with joy of training and sharing the spirit of camaraderie!

May your venerable dojo stand tall in the shining example of excellence in the bright New Year!

We hope 2012 will be a brilliant year of great success and productivity for all your dojo members.

We hope and pray your continuing good heath and much happiness throughout the year.

Tesshin Hamada
Chair, DNBK ID
Honbu, Kyoto Japan

 

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