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Okame Masks

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Okame Masks  

Okame was the wife of a Japanese contractor who was building a very, very huge, beautiful pavilion there (in 1227), which is still standing in Japan today, and he happened to cut one of the cross beams too short. So, his wife suggested he put a brace on it, so he did and it worked. Unfortunately, Okame committed suicide prior to the ridgepole raising to avoid shame on her husband for a woman having made the suggestion. In memory of Okame, whenever a building of importance is erected, Okame Masks are placed in the rafters to wish good luck to the building and all those who enter.

Three masks, which stem from a 600-year old Japanese legend, were installed in the Pavilion at Nikka Yuko when it was erected in 1965, but were removed to allow for work on the Pavilion

The three original Okame masks were installed during a colourful Japanese ceremony at the Nikka Yuko Pavilion on Friday, December 17th, 1965, as the gardens were the first of their kind in Canada. Conducted by Reverend L. Kawamura, the ceremony included dedication of the three masks which symbolized a roof-raising ceremony during which the Buddha is asked to look favourably upon the building. At the ceremony, the then Lethbridge Mayor, Andy Anderson said, “This is one of the most talked about Centennial projects in Canada. There is nothing in the Western world outside of Japan, to compare with it.”

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