JAPAN - 2022 marks a special year for the Lasallian Family in Japan. It marks the 90th year since the arrival in Japan of the first four Brothers from Montreal, Canada. To celebrate this milestone, the design is made of lines that would resemble the traditional hanko or seal that shows the “carved history” of the Lasallian Mission in Japan.
- sakura or cherry blossoms
In the Japanese culture, the season for the sakura or cherry blossoms signifies a time of renewal and optimism.
- Mt. Fuji or Fuji-san
Since ancient times, Fuji-san is venerated as the most sacred place and an enduring symbol for good fortune and inspiration amidst daily struggles.
- crane or tsuru
The crane or tsuru is considered as one of Japan’s national treasures. It is a symbol of longevity and happiness.
- Torii gate
These are the traditional Japanese gates found at the entrance of Shinto shrines. These gates are believed to act as a passageway to sacred places.
- sensu or folding fan
The folding fan is a common gift to honor births and new life. The blades of the fan symbolize the possible paths leading away from its beginning.
- Lasallian Partners and Brothers
Today, the Lasallian Mission in Japan is animated greatly by the Lasallian Partners and the Brothers. The new challenges bring forth a renewed spirit of commitment to continue providing excellent human and Christian education in Japan.
The design includes different elements alluding to the past, present and future story of the Lasallian Mission in Japan. With this, the Lasallian Family in Japan honors the legacy of those who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to contribute to the Lasallian Mission and inspire those of the present to move onwards to a renewed future with an enriched Spirit of Faith, Zeal for Service and Communion in Mission. (Text: Br. Nico Mariano FSC)
*We would like to extend our gratitude to Mr. Earl Marquez for collaborating with us to produce the design for the 90 th anniversary logo.