On Kagamimochi

There seem to be many ways Kagamimochi(鏡餅), a round rice cake offered to a diety, is arranged on New Year’s Day depending on regions or households. This custom originated from a Shinto ritual, not a household, and came to be practiced among the folk. This custom is a deed for people to express gratitude to Sun God, Earth God and Sea God , enshrine them getting them together as one and “appreciate in advance” the favor they will receive from the three gods in the new year.

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  • offer 捧げる
  • diety 神
  • region 地域
  • household 家庭
  • originate 始まる
  • practice 行う
  • the folk 一般の人々
  • deed 行為
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • appreciate ありがたく思う
  • in advance 事前に
  • favor 好意

It is a secret ritual leading to God to express gratitude for what has not been realized yet. You can understand it well if you think about relationships with other people. For example, if your child were always asking you for an expensive present every time he/she sees you, what would you think? Parents will make such a judgement considering the child’s life attitude in everyday life. What if your child always takes care of you and says appreciative words? You would feel like helping the child. In the same way, you don’t have to pray to God for your detailed wishes. All you have to do is express gratitude to God in your daily lives first. If you do so, all things that you need will be given.

  • secret ritual 秘儀
  • realize 実現する
  • relationships 人間関係
  • expensive 高価な
  • every time S+V SがVするたびに
  • judgement 判断
  • life attitude 生活態度
  • take care of A Aの世話をする
  • appreciative words 感謝の言葉
  • feel like ~ing 〜したい気がする
  • in the same way 同様に
  • pray 祈る
  • detailed 細かい

During the first three days of the new year, shinto shrines all over Japan are crowded with people who try to use God, wishing “I want this! “, “I want you to achieve this!” Do you think God wants to be present at such a place? If you offer to God only gratitude for being kept alive, your thought leads to God much more effectively. God knows what you’re worrying about without your explaining it. And you, needless to say, don’t have to say your name or address to God. The very idea of trying to tell God about your problem in detail proves that you don’t believe in God. It is rude to the Almighty God.

  • be crowded with A Aで混雑している
  • achieve 叶える
  • present その場にいる
  • keep A alive Aを生かしておく
  • effectively 効果的に
  • needless to say 言うまでもなく
  • in detail 詳しく
  • prove 証明する
  • almighty 全知全能の

An orange put on the top of Kagamimochi stands for Sun God. I feel it used to be a kaki, a Japanese persimmon, but it’s OK if you use an orange instead. Omochi(お餅) is what the favor of Mother earth is compressed into.  It also can be said to be what the holy energy of Amaterasuohomikami(天照太御神)is comressed into. It is better that the shape of mochi is round like a mirror. And you can’t miss Konbu kelp, which stands for the favor of sea and Sea God. If you prepare these three, you can make a great Kagamimochi, which represents the traits of the deities, and call the holy energy into your house.

  • stand for A Aを表わす
  • instead 代わりに
  • compress 圧縮する
  • trait 特色

This year too

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

The Essence of Aikido ― To change the air of the spot into your own magnetic field.

新年の伊勢白山道さんの写真

A woman who is a reader of this blog reported by mail that she won a gold medal in individual competitions of Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art. She said that she was fighting with gratitude to people who took care of her and when she was nervous she could calm down her emotions by repeating “I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su” in her mind. “I’ll try aikido next time,” she said.

  • individual competition 個人戦
  • Tai Chi 太極拳
  • nervous 緊張した
  • calm down A Aを落ち着かせる

She used to be far from strong physically and mentally. She went through difficult times when she was dependant on a spiritual being outside herself and she suffered from psychosomatic disorder( bulimia and vomiting) for many years.

  • far from A Aどころではない
  • physically 肉体的に
  • mentally 精神的に
  • go through A Aを経験する
  • dependent 依存した
  • psychosomatic disorder 心身症
  • bulimia 過食症
  • vomiting 嘔吐

To get some exercise is important for a person who is mentally weak and has a tendency toward depression. Women in this age might as well go to gym to keep fit mentally and physically than attend some womanly class. It is especially important that a woman over forty, conscious of her hormonal changes, make efforts to make her mind stable.

  • get exercise 運動をする
  • weak 弱い
  • tendency 傾向
  • depression 鬱
  • might as well~ 〜してもよいかもしれない
  • womanly 女性的な
  • effort 努力
  • conscious 意識して
  • stable 安定した

As for a person who has difficulty getting exercise, he/she should be conscious of it in daily lives, which changes the way of doing things and has a good effect on you. For example, when you’re standing, just to raise your heels a little becomes a good exercise.

  • as for A Aに関して言えば
  • have difficulty ~ing 〜するのに苦労する
  • raise 引き上げる
  • heel かかと

To be mentally stable, it is not enough to take exercise, of course. The best way to make your mind stable is a practice of holding a memorial service for your ancestors with gratitude in mind. The reader also said that she was able to win the gold medal because of a sense of security enhanced by the practice. She said she would want to learn Aikido next. Aikido is also a good way to develop Inner God.

  • memorial service 供養
  • ancestor 先祖
  • a sense of security 安心感
  • enhance 高める
  • Inner God 内在神

Speaking of aikido, Ueshiba Morihei(植芝盛平), the founder of aikido, has a lot of interesting episodes. Also it is significantly meaningful that he was associated with Deguchi Onizaburo(出口王仁三郎), a religionist, and Minakata Kumagusu(南方熊楠), a great scholor.

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  • speaking of A Aと言えば
  • founder 創始者
  • significantly 非常に
  • be associated with A Aと付き合う
  • religionist 宗教家
  • scholar 学者

The soul of Ueshiba Morihei comes from the World of Fierce Gods(鬼神) leading to Susanoo. Many masters of martial arts belong to the World of Tengu(天狗), a spirit taking on a form of a long nosed goblin, but his soul is superior to them. I don’t know anything about Aikido, but what I perceive from Mr. Ueshiba is that the essence of aikido lies in the ability to control the spot. Before a battle begins face to face, the outcome seems to be already decisive. Once you cover the spot with magnetism your spiritual body emits, you can beat the opponent, however you fight, because the spot is yours.

  • master 達人
  • superior 優れた
  • essence 極意
  • lie 在る
  • ability 能力
  • outcome 結果
  • decisive 決まった
  • magnetism 磁気
  • emit 放出する
  • opponent 対戦相手

In my spiritual vision, I can see him standing at the center of a circle of magnetic field with the radius of about three meters when he faces his opponent. I feel the magnetic field is flashing blue and red. If he makes such a magnetic field, even a gesture of seizing and flinging his adversary can make the opponent fall down without touching. This phenomenon is related to the state of Kannagara(カンナガラ), being with God, which is a kind of automatic drive, that you achieve when your Inner God develops. In such a state, you can avoid troubles unconsciously.

  • magnetic field 磁場
  • radius 半径
  • seize つかむ
  • fling 投げる
  • adversary 相手
  • fall down 転ぶ
  • phenomenon 現象
  • avoid 避ける
  • unconsciously 無意識に

By the way, my left ear can catch the sound nobody in this world can hear. When I’m asleep, while the ear catches the sound in another world, my acute sense seems to catch the sound around my body at the same time. During a trip, I was woken up by the sound of a cockroach walking on the ceiling at 3 a.m. I couldn’t bear it. So I turned on the light and struck it down quickly with a rolled newspaper. It all happened in a moment, when my wife, sleeping next to me, was awoken by the light and was about to scold. She sometimes remembers it even now and tells her friends about it, saying “What a strange guy!” lol

  • asleep 眠っている
  • while S+V SがVする一方で
  • acute 鋭い
  • cockroach ゴキブリ
  • bear 耐える
  • turn on A Aを点ける
  • strike A down 叩き落とす
  • strange guy 変な人
  • lol 笑

Today too

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

Hidden True Role of Japan

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Seeing  the history of modern age, I find that there have been several countries much more affluent than Japan including the U.S. But the U.S. , in particular, has invaded other countries or waged war to protect and sustain her affluence or to secure natural resources.

  • modern age 現代
  • affluent 豊かな
  • including A Aを含めて
  • the U.S. アメリカ
  • in partucular 特に
  • invade 侵攻する
  • sutain 維持する
  • secure 確保する
  • natural resources 天然資源

With all her wealth, the number of criminal cases has been increasing in the U.S. It seems that the affluence causes war and the crimes in the country. There seems to be no country whose people are satisfied materially and have high morality at the same time.

  • with all A Aにもかかわらず
  • cause 引き起こす
  • satisfied 満足している
  • high morality 高い道徳性
  • at the same time 同時に

The concept of the Japanese phrase, “Mottainai” was praised abroad recently. I heard that the concept is too hard to express concisely in other languages, and it takes a very long sentence to explain it. Seeing that this phrase was praised all over the world, any developed country knows the harmful effects of material civilization but they don’t know how to solve the problem.

  • concept 概念
  • praise 賞賛する
  • abroad 海外で
  • express 表現する
  • concisely 簡潔に
  • developed country 先進国
  • harmful effect 弊害
  • material civilization  物質文明
  • solve 解決する

The same kind of atrocious crimes have been increasing in Japan too just like she is following the other affluent countries of the world. Is Japan to follow them as it is? I don’t think so.

  • astocious 酷い
  • as it is そのまま

Though Japan is also an affluent country, there is a crucial difference compared with the others. The population of Japan is more than a hundred million and most of the people can enjoy essential utilities like water, electricity or gas and get education basically. And the economic disparity between the wealthy classes and the average people is very small in Japan compared with foreign countries. There seems to be a huge economic disparity in China and the U.S. more than the Japanese can imagine. The average income of the U.S. is not so large as we think.

  • crucial 決定的な
  • compared with A Aと比べて
  • population 人工
  • essential 基本的な
  • utility 公共設備
  • education 教育
  • economic disparity 経済格差
  • income 収入

The reason why Japan, the second (or third ?) biggest economic power in the world, can maintain the present situations is that there is an intention of God to achieve a certain aim, to have the inhabitants play some great role…

  • economic power 経済大国
  • maintain 維持する
  • intention 意図
  • achieve 成し遂げる
  • aim 目的
  • inhabitant 住民
  • role 役割

In the age when the earth was just born and was covered with lava and gas, there was a spiritual being bouncing and running about like solar corona trying to make the components of the surface of the earth as uniform as possible. This being stirred the surface of the earth. It looks like a blazing giant dragon. And this giant dragon stopped the activity and stood still, so that it was cooled and solidified― This is the Japanese Archipelago.

  • age 時代
  • cover 覆う
  • lava 溶岩
  • bounce 飛び跳ねる
  • run about 駆けずり回る
  • component 成分
  • surface 表面
  • uniform 均一
  • as ~ as possible 可能な限り〜
  • stir かき混ぜる
  • blazing 燃えている
  • giant dragon 巨龍
  • activity 活動
  • stand still 静止する
  • be solidified 固められる
  • the Japanese Archipelago 日本列島

Well, it seems that this giant dragon has awaken from a long, long sleep since the genesis of the earth and it wants the people on it to do some job. If the Savior appears, he is not an individual. It is Japan and her inhabitants that are the Savior. The important role to save the world has been prepared for Japan and her inhabitants by the World of Gods. What the role will be depends on whether or not we can wake up the natural spirits of the country. The words to wake up the gods of the land and her inhabitants are:

  • awake 目覚める
  • genesis 創世記
  • want A to~ Aに〜してほしいと思う
  • the Savior 救世主
  • depend on A Aしだいである
  • whether to~  ~するかどうか
  • natural spirit 精霊

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.