UK celebrated its 30th anniversary
in the summer of 2014 since its formal establishment. Although we have
had our own centre and our activities have always been small in scale,
managed to run the organisation
motivation and a sincere attitude, bearing
in mind Oki-sensi’s words “Make
a pure organization, however small it is”. On 5 July 2014,
70 people, old
and new friends, gathered at a rented hall of the Quaker Meeting House
Watford near London, and had a most wonderful celebration event lasting
whole evening, blessed by a
comfortable summer breeze.
with a slide show. The very first one was of Mishima Dojo in Japan,
now remains only in our memories and hearts. The photo was
I was still living and studying there, in the early 1980s. The
slides roughly introduced activities of Okido Yoga UK during the last
Anna, who witnessed the most of our 30-year journey, gave a speech on
of Okido Yoga UK’, which you can read below. Anna’s speech
was followed by
Jocelyn’s reading of five special tributes to my late husband,
who passed away in 2002. His selfless contribution during 1984-1998 was
enormous to Okido UK and touched many people’s hearts. Following
my son Seiya played a piano piece ‘The Name of Life' from the
away’. It perfectly matched the mood of the occasion.
Next was a
presentation to thank Bob Wellburn, our trustee,
Mizue Tamaki, who worked hard to establish our organisationin, and
Dawson on behalf of Clearspring Ltd, who has been our great supporter
took a break with laughter exercises led by Michael,
which was followed by international video greetings from Mieke and Jan
Vervecken of International Shiatsu School of Belgium, and my two eldest
children who grew up with Okido UK. It was a pity that
could not be opened somehow.
part was an
introduction to the four people who completed or were going to complete
4-year Okido Teacher Training delivered through a collaboration between
UK and Okido Holland. Michael and Junko have already finished this
are teaching in their own settings. Anna and Trish are going to finish
practice and study is a serious commitment. Because Okido yoga is
life-style yoga and karma yoga, this teacher training scheme is not
learning teaching skills but also about developing new insights as well
solid physical and emotional base to carry them out. I am very
these four people.
After this, I introduced everyone present by groups: old,
etc. We cheered each other. Everyone made a great effort to
there and to make this event special, with some people travelling from
Wales, Cornwall and other distant areas. Thank you so much.
The last speech was by Trish and was
called ‘My Experience: Teacher Training & Pledge Book
Revision.’ This is readable in News 21.
Also News 22 will comment on our translation-revision
work for Oki
sensei's 16 pledges. Then we took a whole group photo.
I was then just about to say ‘Now, Party!’ but Junko
stopped me. I was given a
present, a painting of a beautiful golden ‘Tree of Life’.
At its roots are
written the words ‘FROM ALL YOUR STUDENTS, CELEBRATING 30 YEARS
OKIDO YOGA UK
5TH JULY 2014’.
So moving! Thank you so much!
Now, Party! With gorgeous food made from carefully
ingredients, cooked by professional and nearly professional hands. I
mention this: Anna and Junko had said to me a few months before,
ever worry about the party food. We will take care of that part. You do
whatever you have to do.’ Trish and John came from Suffolk even a
day before to
help. How long did they spend shopping, preparing food at home before
and in the kitchen on the day? I don’t need to question. I just
know that they
will do whatever they are engaged in until they see all is done. Strong
Yoga spirits of sincerity, humbleness, responsibility and loving care!
laughter and jokes are never forgotten.
So in a very open cosy atmosphere,
everybody had a great time to fill a gap of time and distance and
friendship. We finished the evening with a song that is originally a
song and used to be sung at the end of every party in old Mishima Dojo
Oki-sensei. ‘Itsu-made-mo taeru-koto-naku ….’
with a feeling-full melody. To make it easy, I had translated the
into English: Forever without ceasing, let’s keep our friendship.
‘Good-bye’ for today till I meet you again.
We sang three times, even in
Japanese at the end!!