Marubashi Dojo students:
As the holidays roll in and the year rolls out, we look onward toward renewed spirit and re-dedication to our training in 2016. What better way to do so than with our brothers and sisters of Green Mountain Dojo at the Kagami Biraki training and celebration on Sunday, January 17 at 10:00 am in Montpelier, VT. We will be training from 10:00AM to approximately noon followed by a potluck lunch.
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.
Please bring a favorite dish to share, but keep in mind that while the dojo has a microwave, it does not have a refrigerator.
We look forward to starting off the new year with strong collective good energy and powerful spirit!