Shoheijuku Newsletter February 2021
Hatsu Geiko – 42 Participants
On January 2nd, we had our traditional Hatsu Geiko (the first-of-the-year practice) at Tenjin Dojo. In an ordinary year, the event is lively with so many people including those who are back in town for holidays. This year, however, we had only 42 participants due to COVID-19.
We did not even have the New Year’s party after the practice, and had all the participants leave the dojo right away.
I hope COVID-19 goes away as soon as possible so that we can enjoy a lively Hatsu Geiko with many people as usual next year.
42 People for Kagami Biraki as well
On Sunday, January 17th, we held the Shoheijuku Kagami Biraki ceremony at Tenjin Dojo. Though we usually have 200 ~ 300 participants, we invited only the representatives from the affiliated dojos and contract instructors.
Even under the restricted situation, people from the remote places such as Kyoto, Kobe, and Minamata joined us. Thank you very much for your participation.
With the emcee for the ceremony, Mr. Takayoshi Kanato, we first offered a silent prayer to the Founder, Ueshiba Morihei Sensei and the Second Doshu, Ueshiba Kisshomaru Sensei. Then we had:
- Greetings by Dojo-cho
- Dedicatory Embu
- Awarding Certificates
- Closing Remarks
After the Kagami Biraki ceremony, we had an instructors’ meeting and discussed various things including this year’s schedule. After that, we left the dojo.
Promoted by Recommendation – 2021
Junji Murata, Hiroyasu Ikebe, Nobuaki Nakamura
Osamu Nomoto, Yoichi Toyokura, Yoshikazu Miwa, Michiya Sebata, Michio Sato, Takeshi Inoue, Noboru Inoue, Shinichi Asakura, Koichi Miyazaki, Ikuo Ochi, Shiro Miike, Koichiro Yamasaki, Mitsuo Shozaki
Masahiko Morishima, Masao Irie, Ryusei Sato, Haruami Nagahisa, Keiko Kiyota, Yoshio Nonoshita, Makoto Suyama, Yoshio Mori, Yoichiro Shirozu, Hideyuki Sugiyama, Mika Toyokura, Masamitsu Nagaie, Mitsumasa Haraguchi, Jiro Kawaguchi, Hiroshi Yamashita, Toshinori Uchida, Toshio Nakamura, Masahiro Fujinawa, Kenji Ueda, Junichi Nakayama, Tomonori Doi, Satoru Tashiro
⦿ Events in February
Beginners’ Seminar at Tenjin Dojo
Time: 10:30 AM ~ 11:30 AM
Eligibility: White belt holders & Beginners
Fee: 2200 Yen
Zazenkai & Yoga at Hombu Dojo
Time: 2:00 PM ~ 3:30 PM
Fee: 1000 Yen
20th Seinan Gakuin University (Katsuhiko)
25th Omuta Dojo
— Morito Suganuma