The Four Pillars of Mizu Shin Tao
As was the tradition in the Oriental culture, everything has a symbolic meaning as well as a practical meaning and existence. As in the expression of existence, the four primary compass directions have a multilevel philosophy.
The first direction is East and is represented by the “Green Dragon” “Seiryu” in Japanese culture. This represents “Heaven.” As the sun rises in the East, it is also representative of the direction of “Power.” This direction also represents Spring, Wood, and “Rebirth.” The second direction is West and is represented by the “White Tiger” “Byakko.” This representation is of strength. This direction also represents Autumn and Metal as well as “Overcoming Adversity.” The third direction is south and is represented by the “Red Fire Bird” “Suzaku” and represents Summer, Fire and “Tenacity.” The fourth direction is North. North is symbolized by the “Black Tortoise” “Genbu” and represents Winter and Water as well as “Awakening”
The four direction are assigned the qualities for establishing protection and supporting the temples as well as the dojos of the cultures oft he Orient.
The “Kamiza” (Spirit House) is located in the rear of the dojo and faces East. This allows the “Kamiza” to experience and witness the ‘Rising Sun.’