Mitsuaki Hanayagi II ~ Shumei Sakazuki

Akemashite omedeto gozaimasu and best wishes to all for a year filled with peace and happiness.
Our principal, Mitsuaki Hanayagi II’s shumei sakazuki was held on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at Kyoya restaurant in accordance with ancient tradition.
Shumei or name succession is widely used in the inheritance of traditional performing arts in Japan and is a way of heralding a succession by passing the name, artistic traditions and prestige down through the lineage. This practice increases the status of the performer who receives the name of an illustrious master. Shumei preserves and keeps Japan’s oldest traditions vibrant and popular, by introducing the new while affirming the old. The practice of shumei goes back to the Muromachi period (1333-1568), where it is documented in “Fushi-kaden,” written by the noh master, Zeami, that a family cannot be a family unless it has someone to inherit it, and a man cannot be a man unless he is a person of knowledge. This means talent is needed to succeed in carrying on the secrets of an art, even if one is the child of the master. A family name is inherited only after the knowledge of the art is passed down.
For the Japanese, sake is considered a sacred drink. The Shumei sakazuki ceremony is performed by partaking sake from the same sakazuki or sake cup to seal the bonds, in this case, between shisho and natori.
By exchanging sakazuki cups, the natoris pledge their loyalty and support to the new head of the organization. This is significant, because this ceremony bonds two people who are considered complete strangers as members of an artistic family.
The ceremony concluded with Hokushu, an auspicious dance, which is a shiken dance for Shihan Dance Master certification.
Omedeto gozaimasu.