Glossary of Judo terminology

Kagami biraki (Spiritual renewal)

Kagami biraki (Spiritual renewal)

"Kagami biraki" (Spiritual renewal) is rooted in samurai tradition, and is a ritual by which Judo practitioners reflect on and appreciate past milestones, and renew their dedication to the principles of Judo in their lives. In Japan this ritual involves an offering of red and white rice cakes (mochi) to the Shinto and Buddhist deities in a martial arts ceremony, after which all present partake of the rice cakes.
The Kodokan ritual occurs on the second Sunday of every new year. Student representatives greet the Kodokan Head and various demonstrations are performed.