Sunday, January 11, 2009

Kagami Biraki

We celebrated this Sunday the KAGAMI BIRAKI at the Big Green Drum Dojo in Pensacola.

Kagami Biraki (鏡開き) literally translates to "Opening the Mirror". It traditionally falls on the second Saturday or Sunday in January.

On that day, people break and eat the Kagami Mochi : a cake made of two round mochi (rice cakes), and a daidai (a Japanese bitter orange), which had been placed on the Dojo altar on the first day of January.

Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo, adopted this ritual in 1884. Since then, it has been practiced in numerous Japanese Martial Arts Dojo to mark the first practice of the year.

We had today demonstrations of Kyudo, Iaijutsu, Kendo, Tai Chi and Yoshukai Karate.

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