White Rock & Greater Vancouver BC Canada
The Usui Dojo
(source: Dave King)
(a possible modern Reiki dojo or training space)
(image modiifed from source: http://home.planet.nl/~d.v.ooijen/sashimisen/things_japanese/tatami_f.html)
Usui Sensei's training hall (dojo) was of medium size. His dojo in the Aoyama district of Tokyo was a 12 mat dojo. Tatami mats are roughly 3 feet by 6 feet so the size of the room would have been something like 12 feet by 18 feet. The room was either attached to Sensei's dwelling or was a space he rented in another building.
Like most dojos of it's time, before entering the room there was a simple place for the Shinto misogi practice of temizu - the cleansing of the hands and mouth using a dipper and water from a container. It is a smaller and simpler version of the greater waterfall misogi cleansing ritual.
The dipper was picked up in the right hand (at the end of the handle) and filled with water from the fountain or bowl; one quarter of the water was poured over the left hand for ritual cleansing - this was done away from the fountain or bowl; then the now cleansed left hand held the dipper in an area not touched by the right hand as this was "unclean"; another quarter of the water was poured over the right hand to cleanse it; the right hand now held the dipper in the middle of the handle and poured another quarter of the water into the left hand from which the mouth was rinsed; The final quarter of water was upended so that it flowed down the handle of the dipper, thus cleansing the complete handle for the next person. The dipper was then placed over the bowl, cup facing downwards.
In 1925, Dr. Hayashi is reported to have introduced
the process called Kenyoku-ho
into the dojo. It was another form of cleansing that could be
inside the dojo in order to disconnect oneself from a previous exercise
or act. The 3 part inner brushing and the 3 part outer brushing
intended to represent a form of temizu, cleansing the inner and outer
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