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Kansai Campus
December 10, 2011

Give Thanks Gathering

Starting this current academic year we began to hold the “Give Thanks Gathering” event to close out the calendar year. This year’s gathering was split into two parts. In the first part, pairs of first and sixth year students gathered together with second year students in the lunch room on the second floor to participate in the mochitsuki (rice pounding) ceremony. After cheerfully singing the mochitsuki song, the students took turns pounding the rice, with the first year and sixth year pairs going first, followed by the second year students. The students threw themselves wholeheartedly into the task, chanting “Yoisho! Yoisho! (Yo-ho!, Yo-ho!)” together as they pounded the rice.
The second part of the event consisted of a school-wide assembly conducted via TV. The assembly kicked off with an opening message from the students of the “Give Thanks Gathering” committee, after which all the students put their hearts into singing the “Thank-you Song” together. The students gave cards of appreciation to those who had helped them out and expressed their gratitude for all they had done during the year. The children thanked all the people that helped to make their school life enjoyable, such as the school cooks, custodians, administrative staff, and crossing guards. They then pledged to put forth their best effort and make next year at school just as fun.
The final part of the gathering was story time, in which the children watch a video of the Buddhist story, “The Parable of the Priceless Gem in the Topknot”. Principal Ito concluded the ceremony by delivering the following message: “We must value each and every day, never forgetting to show our gratitude to those who help make our school life enjoyable. Let’s challenge ourselves to put the teachings of the founder, Daisaku Ikeda, into practice by applying our greatest treasure, the ‘Makeji Damashii (never-give-up spirit)’, to every task we do”.
All the students promised each other to keep this sense of gratitude in mind as they see out the end of the year, and to prepare to greet the new year with hearts full of joy.