Kagami Biraki is an old Japanese samurai traditional ceremony which literally translates to Opening the Mirror or, also, breaking of the Mochi (traditional Japanese rice cake)
This old tradition was adopted into modern martial arts, since 1884 when Jigoro Kano (the founder of judo) instituted the custom at the Kodokan. Since then other Japanese arts, martial or not, have adopted the celebration that starts off the New Year, a tradition of renewal, rededication and spirit.
Kagami Biraki is a time when participants engage in a common endeavour and rededicate their spirit, effort and discipline.
Our dojo was decorated in the traditional manner and this was then followed by the spiritual cleansing of the dojo and demonstrations