The Japanese are known for their deep appreciation of beauty in life and in all things. If in spring, the tradition among the Japanese is viewing the cherry blossoms (hanami, 花見) with family and special friends. In summer, its equivalent is the Hanabi taikai (花火大会) or the fireworks competition. The Brothers of the Sector of Japan were able to enjoy together the beauty of these ‘fire flowers’ atop a breezy viewpoint in Kagoshima, Japan during their Sector Assembly last 24-25 August. For two days, the communities from Hakodate and Kagoshima met in La Salle Gakuen to meet and discuss important directions for the future of the Sector of Japan. The assembly was facilitated by Br. Armin Luistro FSC, Brother Visitor, and graced as well with the presence of Br. Ricky Laguda FSC, PARC Councilor.
The assembly began with a meaningful retrospect of the Lasallian mission in Japan from 1932. Current ministries and efforts were also affirmed especially since the dawn of the Lasallian East Asia District. In light of various challenges, both in the country and in the local Church, hopes and dreams were renewed for the new generation of the Lasallian Family. Just like the awe-inspiring beauty of the fireworks festival, the assembly ended with hope and fortitude, and that seeing through the eyes of faith, we can faithfully follow the guiding stars in our mission. (Text & Photo: Br. Aikee Esmeli FSC)