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Hissho Sushi is involved in so much more than just making sushi and Pan-Asian hot bar foods. For those who follow this blog, you know that we volunteer a lot, give a lot and know how to team build through fun activities. One of the activities is to participate in Dragon Boat Racing. This is the fastest growing water sport around the world.
“Dragon Boat Racing has ancient Chinese origins and its history has been traced back more than 2000 years. The first participants were superstitious Chinese villagers who celebrated the 5th day of the 5th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. Racing was held to avert misfortune and encourage the rains needed for prosperity – and the object of their worship was the dragon, the dragon of Asia has traditionally been a symbol of water. It is said to rule the rivers and seas and dominate the clouds and rains.”
The Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce has a yearly Asian Festival & Dragon Boat Race held on Lake Norman, just north of Charlotte. This year it’s on May 14, and, as always, commemorates the Asian Heritage Month.
This will be the 3rd time Hissho has entered a team and this year we have high hopes of bringing home the Gold in at least one of the divisions. Last year we missed the gold by .001 second in the B division.
We have a great coach who has worked wonders with the participants this year, some seasoned, and some new. As practices are held most days on our outside patio sitting astride picnic benches, the PVC pipes honed as paddles give incentive for each to dig deep and hold steady. I’ll be sure and let you know how we fare in the next installment.