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  • 執筆者の写真Mariko Oku

「何が起きても喜びでいる」心   Be joyful no matter what happens.

「草木萌動 (そうもくめばえいずる)」草木が芽生え始める季節から始まった弥生の3月。

March is the month of Yayoi, the season when plants and trees begin to sprout.


The origin of the word "Yayoi" is said to have come about through the word "Iyaoi," which means that plants and trees grow upward, whether willing or not.

It’s the season when the new life begins to sprout while dyeing the hills and fields in spring colors.


This season is translated as March in English.

In the ancient Roman calendar, the year started in March, and since it was also the month of starting wars for Roman, March was named after the Roman god of war, ”Mars”, wishing for the victory in the battle. It is surprising that 弥生(Japanese tytle of March ) has peaceful image of spring in Japan, whereas it is associated with war in the West.


古来より、日本人は季節の旬の実りを神様へのお供え物として捧げ、感謝と祈りを捧げました。 Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival) on March 3rd is one of the Go-Sekku in Japan, where "Setsu" in Go-Sekku refers to the turning point of the seasons, and "Ku" refers to the offering of seasonal harvests to the deities.

Since ancient times, Japanese people have offered seasonal blessings as offerings to the deities to express their gratitude and prayers for bumper crops.


It is also called "Joushi-no-Sekku," which means "Change of the seasons on the day of the snake" in Japan.

In the ancient times, traditional custom in Tang Dynasty purifying the body by the waterside on the first snake day of March was introduced to Japan, later it was combined with the purification of Japanese ancient custom , in which people transferred impurities to dolls and entrusted them with bad luck.

This tradition eventually resulted in the modern Hinamatsuri now we see today.



Yesterday, I participated in the Hinamatsuri event, or Joshi-no-Sekku, which is customarily held on the day of March 3 in Japan.


Obi no Kokuryou Engi-an is one of the traditional Kimono fabric dealers located in Nishijin, Kyoto. Mr. Mitsuo Kokuryo,the owner of Engian, has created a number of wonderful original kimonos and obi sashes using various Japanese words for positive thinking.



This is a Kyo-hina doll that was displayed at Engian.

They have noble faces with well defined noses.



After the profound story of Hinamatsuri, the owner introduced a number of wonderful kimonos to us.




This beautiful kimono is patterned with various auspicious flowers and plants.


「良き今日なのはな 陽回り見 感謝が一位に大本 我も幸成す魂だ

金宝寿 倍も成る子有利に明日なろう」


When the names of these flowers and plants are connected to each other, it forms the very auspicious sentence, which brings lots of good luck and economic fortune!




“The most important thing is to look at the sun and be positive and grateful.

Your soul knows that this is the seed of happiness.

Let's stay positive in that way to make tomorrow a very profitable day, doubling our money, treasure, and happiness!”

という國領さんの素晴らしい思いが込められていて、身に纏うだけで、幸せが舞い込んできそうなお着物です。 I felt that his kimono was infused with his wonderful thought which would bring you happiness just by wearing it.


The eight P's make you happy(8P).

The number "4" is facing to each other, which means happiness(4合わせ=幸せ)

Four Chinese character "甲(Kou)" makes “positive thinking(4甲=思考).”



Everything comes to those who wait.If you wait and sleep instead of worrying about it, good luck will come to you! The animal’s sleeping face is so cute!


This is a "dream luck" kimono with a pattern of a new moon to a full moon.

The white fabric has a pattern of satin sea of clouds, giving the image of clouds in the moon night.



This glossy kimono has silver threads woven into the fabric, making it shine.

This also has happy, happiness, positive thinking, and good health with butterflies.

The wisdom of happiness is positive thinking. This one is also decorated with patterns that have auspicious words and phrases



Mr. Kokuryo's motto is His collection of many beautiful kimonos reflect his inspiration and originality, based on his motto, that is to say, "The wisdom of happiness is the combination of positive thinking,"

I learned how important it is to put positive thoughts into the subconscious mind.



Just like we tend to overreact to negative reports in the media and news in Corona,

there is a tendency we tend to be easily moved and influenced by negative things, while positive sayings and phrases can make us wonder if they are true, making it difficult for us to believe them from the bottom of our heart.


“No matter what happens, be joyful and stay positive.”


When you are ready to keep it in mind, your vibrations of joy will actually create a reality of joy in your life.


I want to affirm everything in a positive way, and live a life of joy!



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