Omedeto gozaimasu. Welcome to Spring Season, yesterday 2/4 was Risshun, the 1st day of Spring and the astrological opening of the New Year. We will celebrate Spring this weeks Sunday at Setsubun Taisai at Tsubaki Jinja.
Soon we will see the Ume/plum blossoms....Yamamoto Guji, the 97th High Priest of Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Mie Japan shared a poem written by Niijima Jo-san:
There is an ume tree in the cold garden.
It blossoms merrily in spite of the snow.
It never competes or contests,
But takes the lead of all flowers.
The meaning of this poem is that by taking the lead/ extending your KI and progressing positively you will have success moving through life's inherent difficulties. Sarutahiko Okami / Aikido's parent Kami and main Kami of Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Japan and it's North American Branch is Kami of KI and forward movement-- we can receive great KI from Sarutahiko Okami and share it with those around us.
Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America