Re-connecting to My Culture♪ 

Mikoshi

 Thanks to a Japanese Business Women’s Association, FTFBW, I am going to carry a Mikoshi, a portable shrine in Toronto! This is a typical Japanese cultural act, often as a part of festivals. 

With that being said, Japanese New Year Party, Osho-gatsu Kai will be held on January 27, sponsored by the Toronto New Japanese-Canadian Association at Japanese Cultural Community Center. If you are interested in learning Japanese culture, please come and join us!

The very last time I carried a Mikoshi was probably when I was an elementary school student…a few years..well, decades ago..??!!

Anyhow, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada [OHAC] (2006), mental health is defined as

the capacity “to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respect the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections and personal dignity” 

I think this means…

To cherish the culture of each individual can help us to restore and nourish the delicious balance of our body, mind, soup and connection to people, ancestors, spirits and society♪

What is your own culture?

Wish us all re-connect and embrace our own culture and heritage time to time, regardless of any types of history remembered. We have come so far and we will even go further as we, human being, are always evolving to remember and pursue the purpose of our given lives to make this world as a beautiful place. This dose not mean anything special or huge, but I think it means for us to be authentically happy 🙂

Happy delicious culture to you! – with love, hope and gratitude from my heart.

P.S. Bonus! This you tube clip is when we were practicing how to carry a Mikoshi. I am the shortest woman on the right… I was trying to do my best, even my shoulders could not reach to support the weight. It was so much fun and very energizing! – and I will do my best on this coming Sunday!

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