“A smile will purify the soul!” is just one of the many infinite possible interpretations of this year’s theme. 

However, as many grasp at the mist of what might be the actual meaning of Rokonshojyo, the meaning is still yet to be heard from the master.  The meaning lies in the training and the inspiration that can be gained from a new concept.  Soke treats this saying simply as an empty canvas to paint his daily inspiration with the TACHI, and is therefore nothing more than a watermark for the year of the tiger.

貫禄をつけて笑いで流す “Find Dignity and then wash it away with a smile”

In Japan, there does exist another Rokukonshojyo六魂清浄 and this is a common term that is known amongsnt most Japanese, yet the real meaning of it is unclear.  It is loosely believed that Rokukonshojyo is simply a way to cleanse the soul and repent from the 6 sins: regret, desire, fondness, hate, adore, admiration.  In a sort of spiritual shugyo, to release one from the roots of desire and purify the soul (the six souls), Japanese people may often been heard repeating the chant “Rokukonshoujyou” as they challenge the climb of Mount Fuji. 

In Soke’s yearly written scroll the characters of 禄魂笑浄、which is typilcal of Soke’s play on words, gives a deep and infinite meaning within the same sound. 

禄-fief; allowance; pension; grant; happiness

魂-soul; spirit  

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浄-clean; purify; cleanse; exorcise

As in taijutsu, the actual order or standard is not expected or required, and the mere combination of the characters encompass a meaning that can be read in the happo way, giving birth to infinite possibilities and interpretations.

What is important is to strive to scratch the surface of understanding and combine this with just training of Budo Taijutsu in the Budo Sense.

Bufu Ikkan.