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What is Wa-no-mai?

Wa-no-mai is more than just a dance.

Wa-no-mai  is a technique for interacting with space by connecting to the essence of invisible energy called ki.
Japanese tea ceremony, kyu-do (Japanese archery) and other bodily art forms , as well as Japanese gardens and sculptures are rooted in a deep silence.
This silent interaction with space is unique to Japan and has a long history.
In Japanese tradition it is believed that space is a kami (god).
This tradition dates back to the Jomon period over 2,000 years ago.
For the ancient Japanese, space itself was at the same time the womb that gave birth to everything and the kami (god).
There is a word "furumai" in Japanese.
This word means behavior or action or manner, but it is not just that. It means how our actions affect the surrounding space.
"furu" in "furumai" meant the manifestation of the power to transform space.
For example, it was customary to cure a sick person by an act of "furu" (swaying  or swinging), or to improve poor luck by an act of "furu".
Wa-no-mai is a dance rooted in the ancient Japanese tradition of this "furu".
No remains of damaged human bones (suggesting violent killing) have been found in the circular settlement areas of the Jomon period in Japan.
Few damaged human bones have been found outside the circular settlement areas, but it can be seen that there were no traces of human-to-human conflict in  circular settlement areas.
The culture of people in the Japanese archipelago, in which space is revered as god, has been passed down to the Asian continent for more than 10,000 years and it is thought to have become the cornerstone of Asian spiritual culture. (The details are written in "Wa - no - kokoro (The heart of Wa) - Cosmic Spirit" by Kazuki Chiga)
Some ethnic minorities on the Asian continent preserve a culture that seems to be a remnant of it.
In the oldest record written by Chinese people about Japan when there were no letters in Japan, the movements of the people of "Wa-no-kuni" (ancient Japan) are described as "miyabi".
"miyabi" literally means beauty, but it hints specifically on the way the power of serene space is felt.
This is the visible result of the act of "furu", a sign that this beauty has been firmly established in their bodies.
In ancient times, people from other Asian countries were astonished at the quality of space existing among the Japanese people.
In this same record, Chinese historians described people from other neighboring countries as crude.
(The above details are written in "Wa -no - Kokoro" by kazuki Chiga.)
The foundation of the people who created this serene space, which the ancient Chinese who saw the ancient Japanese for the first time, respected, is believed to be an unique culture of "ki" derived from the Jomon period.
It is thought that they achieved harmony and life without conflict, by forming space from that perspective.

 Japanese gardens, tea ceremony, ikebana (flower arrangemant), kyu-do, karate, aikido, kendo, Japanese architecture ...

What is common to the essence of these expressions of Japanese culture is this  unique space-forming wisdom of the ancient Japanese.
The taut space of kyu-do before shooting the bow, the space of pure heart that is born when making tea...
what is behind all these is one common essence.
Wa-no-mai conveys this quintessence in its purest form.
The world's oldest circular settlements formed on the Japanese archipelago since 36,000 years ago.
It is believed that no damaged human bones were found in the circular settlements because they were extraordinary sensitive to spatial formation and therefore arranged the settlements in a circular shape.
(As evidence, a small number of damaged human bones have been found in archaeological sites in non-circular formed settlements.)
It is speculated by the trod land in circular shapes and by the traditional Japanese circular dance style still performed today, that they would have been dancing in a circular manner in accordance with the shape of the village.
For them, dance was a technique of space formation.
The essence of traditional Japanese culture has been handed down by dancing in this way.
Wa-no-mai is the only space formation technique in the world that has been revived in this way - the essence of this Japanese spiritual culture and the essence of Asian spiritual culture.
Those who are meditating will be able to truly understand what the essence of meditation is by this grasp.
Space formation techniques are also the first meditation techniques of mankind.
Those who are engaged in artistic activities will be able to learn what moves one's heart more deeply.
At this stage, Wa-no-mai is only transmitted to Japanese people.
We are looking for ways to spread wa-no-mai to the world.

About the founder

Kazuki Chiga

  Born in the 1950s, he grew up in one of the areas where Japan's oldest culture remains.

Animism was alive among  people of the area, and he was raised by his grandmother who used to put her palms together in reverence at sunrise every morning.
Through a deep sense of unity through group dance with ethnic minorities, he realized that the same thing that flows there is also the source of the culture that raised him, and was convinced by an encounter with ancient shrine maiden dance that the source is the spatial wisdom of the Jomon period in Japanese history.
He studied under Japan's oldest shrine maiden dance successor and instinctively learned the wisdom of ancient space techniques in the depths of ancient Japanese dance. Later he encountered various extrasensory experiences and established Wa-no-mai.
Today, enthusiastic disciples from all over Japan are participating in this ancient traditional wisdom.
Although Wa-no-mai is not an organization for personal salvation, many of the disciples have had experiences that have dramatically improved their daily lives, and it is an organization favored by various professionals such as counselors, artists, and teachers.
He also hosts "Wagaku no kai (a group of Japanese studies)", a group  for successors of Japanese culture, who can inherit the deepest part of Japanese traditional culture.


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