Southern California Missionary Area

Seicho-No-Ie Bicycle Race


Mitsuyo Hisamura-Solo

Seicho-No-Ie in the U.S., held its final bicycle race on Sunday, June 25, for the Seicho-No-Ie Blessings of Nature FESTA 2017. This year, the U.S. Missionary Headquarters invited each Missionary Area and Regional District to participate on June 25th for the Final Bicycle Race to choose the representative from the U.S.  The Winner will participate as the U.S. representative to the Mt. Tennyo Hill Climb in Japan. 

"Rapidly growing with nature"

Riding and commuting by bicycle in one’s daily life is a part of the “carbon zero” movement efforts to go from using the rapidly depleting underground resources to ground resources in order to decrease carbon emissions which cause global warming. In October 2013, SeichoNo-Ie International Headquarters moved to the “Office in the Forest” in Yamanashi Prefecture from Tokyo. And striving for the “Grand Harmony of God-Nature-Human Beings,” they began to unfold a movement using only natural energy in order to build a “new civilization” that is in harmony with its surroundings. In order to solve the global environmental problems of today and realize world peace, human beings need to promptly realize happiness without destroying nature—“rapidly growing with nature” way of life, rapidly turning into “a new civilization” which is necessary to build. When riding a bicycle, I can see the details and delicate changes of nature, and it often increases my happiness. Also thanking one’s own body which is part of nature, the sense of accomplishment when one completes climbing up the hill is an unforgettable feeling and sharing this feeling with friends is a great pleasure as well as rewarding. 

Hisamura-Solo, M. (2017, June). 2017 Bike Race. Light of the Truth, pg.4