It’s time to show your appreciation to Kami.

In Japan, we hold Aki (Autumn) Matsuri on sometime Autumn and show appreciation to spirit which gave/help us harvest, achievement, success and connections in the year. So Please come and show your appreciation and pray for next years to the spirts.

753 (Shichi-go-san) ceremony 

In Japan, Shichi-Go-San (753) is celebrated every November 15th.  This ceremony is performed to honor children and dates back to the 17th century. Held for all children who are three, boys who are five, and girls who are seven, the ceremony is a very big day in their lives (ages are in Asian reckoning*). Children are dressed in their best traditional clothes that are age appropriate, and their parents take them to a shrine to be blessed by priests. The parents and children both offer their thanks to the deity in appreciation. For the parents, this marks a significant step in their child’s life and one in which the parents are grateful for the child’s health and well-being.

Shusse Inari Shrine of America 501(c)3 offers blessing services for 753 this year at same day of Aki Matsuri. Ceremonies require an appointment. As follow the tradition, an omamori (charm), chitose ame (thousand-year candy) and gift will be given for each child who participates in a 753 ceremony.  *Asian reckoning: the year of your birth counts as being one year old. So if you are 20 years old, you are 21 years old in Asian reckoning.

Nadeshiko Kai, Japanese Culture and Traditions Inc. will provide rental and wear Kimono service as well as photo shooting service. Please contact details directly www.nadeshikokai.org

When: Sunday, November 10th
Autumn Matsuri: 10:30am   *Please join us freely
753 Ceremony: Every 30 mins from 11am to 2:30pm (appointment required)

Where: South Bay Dance Center, Hall E

(24827 S. Western Ave., Lomita, CA 90717)

753 Ceremony fee: minimum $50 per child (An Omamori, Chitose ame and gift including)
RSVP & inquiries: here

We will provide exclusive Shichi-go-san/Aki matsuri Goshuin at that day!

We are looking for volunteers. Please contact us if you are interested in.

   Shusse Inari Shrine of America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is holding a Japan onboarding with their “Japanese Mythology & Shinto?” lecture being hosted at the NYC Parks Citywide Services Building on Saturday, October 26th. We coordinate various events to introduce traditional Japanese eco-conscious ways of life so that future generations can enjoy nature as we do.

Shinto is a mindset and way of living with respect and appreciation for nature, living things and our ancestors, and it has long been recognized as Japan’s cultural root. Shinto has no holy texts, there is no individual founder and it is said that Shinto has been practiced for more than 2,000 years. One of the most important elements of Shinto practice is paying respect, showing appreciation to the nature spirits, and seeking harmony between people and nature, among our families, communities, and the world. In today’s society, the need to strive for these goals has become more apparent than ever before.

In this lecture, we introduce the traditional Japanese way of life to respect and appreciate the spirits of nature, as well as the ways to pay tribute which have been passed across countless Japanese generations. Especially in autumn, which is harvest season, we show our appreciation to the nature spirits which give us food and help us reap the bounty of nature. We will also discuss additional efforts to connect New York City to Japan and further ways to get involved with nature and agriculture both nationally and internationally. Through this event, please show your appreciation and reverence for the nature spirits.

Who: Shusse Inari Shrine and GROW Externships

What: “Japanese Mythology & Shinto” lecture and activities   
Where: The NYC Parks Citywide Services Building,

              20 Bronx Shore Road, Randall’s Island, NY, 10035 (2nd Floor Training Room).

When: Saturday, October 26th, 12noon – 3pm (Lecture & Activities)

Fee: Free and free Japanese snacks will be served!
RSVP & inquiries: here

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