Shoheijuku Newsletter February 2020

Hatsu Geiko – Ended on a High Note

On January 2nd, we had our traditional Hatsu Geiko (the first-of-the-year practice) at Tenjin Dojo. It was busy with over 130 people including those who were back in town for holidays and those who were not Shohei Juku members. After the practice, we enjoyed conversations as having omiki (sacred sake). We concluded the event by singing Ichigatsu Tsuitachi (January 1st).

New Year Greetings Party at Honbu Dojo

On Saturday, January 11th, the directors’ meeting of All Japan Aikido Federation was held in the Aikikai Honbu meeting room, which was followed by the national representatives meeting held in the large dojo on the third floor. After that, I attended the New Year Greetings Party at Keiko Plaza Hotel. I left the party a little earlier, and joined the New Year’s party with Yokohama Shomonkai members. It was a busy day.

Kagami Biraki at Honbu Dojo

On Sunday, January 12th, the annual Kagami Biraki (a traditional ceremony of cutting up and eating the New Year’s rice cake) was held at Aikikai Honbu Dojo.

The ceremony started at 2PM with greetings by Doshu, followed by greetings from honored guests, a hono enbu (a dedicatory enbu by Doshu), a promotion certificate award ceremony, and a Naorai (zenzaikai) party.

Shohei Juku Kagami Biraki

On Sunday, January 19th, we held the Shohei Juku Kagami Biraki ceremony at Tenjin Dojo. The emcee for the ceremony was Mr. Takayoshi Kanato. Before starting the ceremony, we offered a silent prayer to the Founder and the Second Doshu, and then we had greetings by Dojo-cho, dedicatory enbu, and awarding promotion certificates. We had a zenzai-kai after the ceremony. This year, we had over 270 participants, and we all enjoyed the delicious zenzai (red bean soup with rice cake).

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the volunteers for preparing from the early morning and cleaning up after the event.

Events in February

1, 2 – Harima Shohei Juku
9 – Chikushino Dojo
11 – Beginners’ Seminar (for white belts)
14 – Fukuoka University (Yamada)       
22 – Seinan Gakuin University (Katsuhiko)
23, 24 – Dojo closed for statutory holidays
27 – Omuta Dojo
27 ~ March 3 – Vancouver Seminar (Nakamura)
29 – Fukushima Kenjinkai


The following people were promoted at the Kagami Biraki Ceremony. Congratulations!

7 Dan:
Kazuya Saito 
Yosuke Jozaki
Masatsugu Araki
Toshio Hamano
Shigeru Nishida
Masami Kawabata
Hideo Matsuno
Makoto Oba
Yuji Yamada
Hiroshi Fujioka                  

6 Dan:
Keiichi Abe
Tsukasa Yoshida
Tsutomu Aoki
Kazumi Kai
Kenji Tomokiyo
Toshiro Nishida
Taizo Ochi
Takako Takeda

5 Dan:  
Kazuo Takei
Keiko Kimoto
Tatsuro Ono
Masaru Kiyota
Haruji Yoshihara
Tetsuo Hirata
Hiroki Takeda
Fujio Ishibashi
Daisuke Sakaguchi
Jeffery Link
Kenichi Okito
Takako Kiryu
Seiichi Koga
Koichi Nakamura
Emi Aoki
Machiko Tashiro
Masami Sakaguchi
Daisuke Akasu
Kazuyoshi Yamamoto
Kazuto Murata
Mikio Fujise

3 Dan:
Shusaku Oyama

— Morito Suganuma