On January 11, 2015 at 11am, Shihan Tom and Sensei Toni Flynn will be holding The Annual Green Mountain Dojo Kagami Biraki Training & Celebration. Here’s some additional info and message from Sensei:
The Green Mountain Dojo Annual Kagami Biraki Training & Celebration will be held on:
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Training 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Celebration & Potluck Lunch – 1:00 pm; please bring a food item to share.
What is Kagami Biraki?
The Kagami Biraki training and celebration is a custom observed by traditional dojo to officially kick off the New Year and represents a renewing of the spirit and rededication to training. In Japan, the New Year period is considered the most important time of the year, and ‘Kagami Biraki’ coincides with its celebration. The term ‘Kagami Biraki’ has different meanings. The literal translation for ‘Kagami’ is ‘Mirror’ and ‘Biraki’ means ‘Open’ or ‘Opening’. The mirror symbolizes the reflection of our true nature, the real self. The words themselves, “Kagami Biraki,” signify the unveiling or rather “breaking out,” of the mirror to reflect upon our character and actions of the previous year and to consider changes for further self improvement.
We hope you will join us to start the new year off with collective good energy and spirit!