Recently, our own Rev. Izumi Hasegawa was interviewed about Shinto in an article “Return of the Yokai” for 99% Invisible, one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes! Read more and listen here:
June 20th, 2020 is said to be a day of 一粒万倍Ichiryūmanbai — an auspicious day in the Japanese calendar to begin a new endeavor. As such, the nature-friendly spiritual group, Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America (a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) is delighted to announce our new projects!
Our supporter club has named “Kitsune Club”— thank you for your suggestions! We have also launched our logo and fundraising website, SNS accounts.
Instagram @ KitsuneClubOrg
We have also launched a page on Patreon.com. For details or to become a supporter (and gain access to special members-only privileges), please visit:
All profits from through these projects and related products and services will be directed towards opening a community center in Los Angles and will fund events at the center and worldwide to introduce an eco-conscious, traditional Japanese way of living so that the next generation may enjoy nature as we do.
If more people are willing to follow this traditional way of living, the world will shift to value and protect nature, stop climate change, save endangered species, and embrace clean energy and environment!
Your support makes people’s future better!
May the Nature Spirits be with you!
Purify and recharge your spirit for the summer!!
From ancient times, the Japanese people practiced 夏越之祓Nagoshi-no-Harae, a prayer to purify and to rid themselves of the first half of the year’s 厄難yakunan (illness, accident, fight etc…) or “bad luck” and kegare, or “withered spirit”. Over the course of the first half of the year, the energy of a person’s spirit is diminished by tiredness, stress, and other pressures, so Nagoshi-no-Harae rituals are performed every June to cleanse and refresh this energy and recharge the spirit. Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America provides these traditional services with mystic rituals that have been passed down through the generations of our family.
One such ritual is the use of 人形 hitogata on which have been written the mystic words, “十種神宝Tokusa-no-kamdakara.” Hitogata are slips of paper cut into the shape of a person, and it is believed that the hitogata represents the person concerned. In the Nagoshi-no-Harae service, the hitogata is thought to carry all of that person’s kegare.
[How to use hitogata]
1. Write your name and age on the front of hitogata.
2. Wipe on the body part one wishes to improve or renew with the hitogata.
For example, one suffering from knee pain would wipe the hitogata on their knee, or, if they wish to be smarter, on their head.
3. Breathe upon the hitogata.
Dear international participant(s), we kindly ask that you cover shipping costs for your plan (hitogata plan excluded). Thank you for your understanding. Please note that local customs regulations may prohibit the shipping of Chinowa and rice to some countries.
5. Prepare the service fee.
6. Mailed (it must reach us no later than June 27th) or hand to the Shrine staff before the Nagoshi-no-Harae
NOTE: We are still not sure whether we will be able to hold the service open to the public due to the current pandemic. We will announce via our newsletter, website and SNS.
We will hold the Nagoshi-no-Harae service on June 30th with your hitogata and notify you of the completion of the service. We will then send your package if you requested one.