Shoheijuku Newsletter February 2022
I thought we greeted each other saying “Happy New Year” just the other day, but it is February already. As Tao Yuanming said in his poem “Time and tide wait for no man,” I am keenly aware of how fast time flies now again.
At each Shoheijuku dojo, Kan-geiko (winter training) is being held for one week until February 3rd. It is the coldest time of the year, but we have just a few more days. Let’s do our best to achieve our original goal.
Shoheijuku Kagami Biraki
~ 25 people promoted by recommendation ~
On Sunday, January 16th, we held the Shoheijuku Kagami Biraki ceremony at Tenjin Dojo.
The ceremony commenced at 10:30 AM with the emcee, Mr. Takayoshi Kanato.
- Bowing to the shrine
- Offering a silent prayer to the Founder, Ueshiba Morihei Sensei and the Second Doshu, Ueshiba Kisshomaru Sensei
- Greetings by Dojo-cho
- Dedicatory Embu
- Awarding Certificates
After the Kagami Biraki ceremony, we usually have a zenzaikai (eating red bean soup with mochi), but we cancelled it just like last year.
At the kagami biraki ceremony, following people were promoted by recommendation:
Masaki Matsui, Masayoshi Tashima, Nobuyasu Fujibayashi, Jiro Azuma, Atsushi Maeda, Yukiko Yoshimoito, Akihiro Komatsu, Tadashi Yamada, Koichi Muratsu, Yoshihisa Inada, Nobuhiro Matsunaga, Tsutomu Okazaki, Shi Kin, Yoshihiro Minami, Masamichi Shigematsu
25 people were promoted this time. Their longtime efforts have paid off. Congratulations!
I hope everyone continues to work hard at maintaining a healthy mind and body.
Events in February
23 – Beginners’ Seminar
Place: Tenjin Dojo
Time: 10:00 AM ~ 11:30 AM
Eligibility: white belts / beginners
Instructor: Morito Suganuma
23 – Yoga & Zazenkai
Place: Shoheijuku Hombu Dojo
Time: 2:00 PM ~
24 – Omuta Dojo
26 – Seinan Gakuin University
At the exam at Shoheijuku Hombu Dojo in December, Mr. Satoshi Takahashi took his 3rd Dan test at the age of 91. He performed as solid and energetic techniques as young people would do against attacks both with and without weapons.
Everyone at the exam was moved …
“Those in their 60s and 70s are still snot-nosed. The prime of manhood starts at 100.”
— Denchu Hiragushi, a woodcarver who passed away at 107 years of age.
— Morito Suganuma