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2014年12月29日 (月)

Spirit of Rebirth

Japanese ethnicity has an underlying spirit of rebirth - to renew oneself and things around us to return to purity.

One common example is rebuilding of shrines. Like the famous Ise Shrine, In some shrines the shrine halls are rebuilt periodically as a part of Shinto belief.
 
It is practiced in various ways in our traditional lifestyle as well. "New" new year preparation is done at the end of every year in welcoming deities of the year to bring with each new year.Also we mark a new year with new chopsticks and new underwear and so on to celebrate innocence and for us to start the year afresh. The choksticks for new year is called Yanagi-bashi, namely willow leaf-shaped chopsticks. The both ends of the chopsticks are carved to pick up food. The one end is for the god (Toshigami-sama) to eat and the other end is for us humans.
New year is certainly the milestone of renewal, and there are smaller marks of a year in Japanese calendar called 24 Sekki, system of 24 seasonal divides. A year is divided into 24 seasons to practice rebirth in each season. 
Cherishing heirlooms and passing on to generations is certainly our tradition. In contrast, renewing things around us is also our inherent tradition of purifying oneself and celebrating rebirth.

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