From ancient times, the Japanese people practiced Toshikoshi-no-Ōharae, a prayer to purify and to rid themselves of the year’s yakunan (illness, accident, injury, fight etc…) or “bad luck” and kegare, or “withered spirit”. Over the course of the year, the energy of a person’s spirit is diminished by tiredness, stress, and other pressures, so Toshikoshi-no-Ōharae rituals are performed at the end of the year 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 hitogata on which have been written the mystic words, “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 Toshikoshi-no-Ōharae service, the hitogata is thought to carry all of that person’s kegare.
We also serve this service for pet and car.
[How to use hitogata]
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人形（ひとがた）プラン10ドル 〜 HitogataPlan minimum $10.00
狐プラン20ドル 〜 Kitsune plan minimum $20.00
稲荷プラン40ドル〜 Inari plan minimum $40.00
家族プラン60ドル 〜 Family plan minimum $60.00
HitogataPlan minimum $10.00
Toshikoshi-no-Ōharae rituals service which is using hitogata (and katashiro).
A Shinto Priest will read each person’s name during the service. Following the service, you will receive a certification of your participation by email.
Kitsune plan minimum $20.00
Hitogata plan’s benefits and receive purification salt, Blessed Tea
Inari plan minimum $40.00
Hitogata plan’s benefits and receive purification salt, Blessed Rice.
Family plan minimum $60.00
Hitogata plan’s benefits for up to five family members (including pets, vehicle) and receive purification salt, Blessed Tea, and Blessed Rice.
Blessed Rice is from the Koda Farms where Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America purified and blessed their field with praying the rice grow the field brings good fortune, happiness and healthy life to the person who eat those rice to Shusse Inari Ōkami-sama.
(Please visit our website for details of our enshrined Kami-sama at “Gosaijin” page)
Koda Farms website: kodafarms.com
Blessed Tea is from Maeda-en. It is the Premium Sen-cha Tea Bags. Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America blessed and prayed to Shusse Inari Ōkami-sama for the tea brings good fortune, happiness and healthy life to the person who drink them. Maeda-en website: maeda-en.com
Can’t join us in person next Friday (Nov. 13) for our once-a-year Aki-matsuri? Watch our VIDEO livestream on our YouTube channel “ShintoInari” starting at 11 AM PST and you won’t miss a thing! Let’s show our gratitude for this year’s harvest and accomplishments and ask for continued blessings from the Nature Spirits together!
Yes, we livestream VIDEO! You can see what is going on!
Here is the program!
Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America is thrilled to announce that our renewed website (ShintoInari.org) is live today, Friday, October 30th, 2020!
While some areas of our website are still under construction, we decided to open the new site today in order to resolve our earlier site’s inconvenient design as soon as possible and to start this new chapter in the life of our Shinto Shrine on an auspicious day in the Shinto calendar.
Our website has a fresh new look and offers tons of new information about our Shinto Shrine, our ritual services, Shinto items, membership, upcoming events, and future projects in both English and Japanese. We hope that you will find visiting our website an easy, refreshing, and informative experience. Be sure to check our website often for updated news and resources!***
We welcome your support! If you are interested in contributing to the ongoing development of our website, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the contact form on our website at ShintoInari.org.
***We are now accepting advance orders for our New Year’s (Oshōgatsu) Shinto Items, including ofuda, omamori, ema and engimono! All items are back in stock! Please submit your orders through the request form on our website.
May the Kami-sama be with you!
Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America’s very own Rev. Izumi Hasegawa was recently interviewed by the BBC podcast “Heart And Soul” for a special on the spiritual importance of water in cultures around the world! Rev. Hasegawa will discuss the significance of water in Shinto. Tune in live this weekend starting on October 30th according to your time zone, or listen to the episode whenever you like online after the broadcast!
Listen to the show here!
Please join Rev. Izumi Hasegawa on November 1, 2020 at 7:00PM PST (please note Daylight Savings is over on that day) for the monthly Tsukinamisai 月次祭 Shinto service livestream on our YouTube channel “ShintoInari”! Please make sure to note the time change since Daylight Savings will be over.Tsukinami-sai is the Shinto service to show respect and appreciation and ask for blessings from the nature spirits. Since we have renewed members, we will combine the service with a celebration of the member’s induction. Also for our members who have a birthday this month, we will hold a birth-month Kigan Gokitō blessing service after the conclusion of the service.This month’s exclusive Closing Talk for members and Patreon patrons is about “Shichi-go-san,” Children’s Blessings for ages 3, 5, and 7.Let’s show our respect and appreciation for the Nature Spirits (Kami-sama) and ask for blessings.
Join here to 月次祭 Tsukinami-sai for November 2020
Rev. Hasegawa has received the first rice ears (inaho) of this year’s bountiful harvest from local, third-generation Japanese rice farm, Koda Farms – A California Farming Legacy Since 1928. These rice ears will be offered to the Kami-sama in gratitude for their blessings and a good harvest. The rice ears from Koda Farms will also used to handcraft the Autumn Festival’s good luck rice ear charms, a special gift prepared by hand for those who request a prayer service for good luck and health. For an extra $10, you can also receive one pound of Blessed Rice. Please join us on Friday, Nov. 13th for the Autumn Festival and contact us to request a prayer service for good luck and health and our Blessed Rice!
Our Blessed Rice has this story…
For centuries, the Japanese have paid respect at Inari Shrines whose deity is a guardian for farmers bringing prosperity and bountiful harvests. Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America has a special relationship with Koda Farms, a third-generation Japanese rice farm located in the beautiful San Joaquin Valley.
Rev. Izumi Hasegawa visits Koda Farms seasonally to hold a Shinto service to ask for the Kami-sama’s blessings. In the Spring, Rev. Hasegawa holds Haru Matsuri (Spring Festival) and Taue Kiyobarai (Purification of the Rice Fields). She visits the rice fields to ask Kami-sama for the rice growing there to produce a bountiful harvest, for the safety of the farmers, and for the rice to bring happiness, good luck, and health to the people who eat it. And in the Autumn, Rev. Hasegawa traditionally holds the Autumn Festival to show appreciation to Kami-sama for the bountiful and safe harvest and ask Kami-sama once again for the rice harvested to bring good luck and health to the people who eat it.
In this way, the rice from Koda Farm’s fields are twice-blessed by the Kami-sama, and it is precisely this bountiful harvest of rice that we will express our gratitude for during our upcoming Autumn Festival on Friday, November 13th! People who request an Autumn Festival prayer service for good fortune and health (minimum donation $50) will receive a special good luck rice-ear charm handcrafted by Rev. Hasegawa from Koda Farms rice ears, and can receive one pound of nourishing Blessed Rice for an additional donation of $10.
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Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America will hold three special events: the Autumn Festival, blessing services for children age three, boys age five, and girls age 7 (Shichigosan), and our annual bonfire ritual.
Let us express our gratitude to the Kami-sama for the growth of our children and pass on eco-conscious Japanese culture to the next generation. During the Autumn Festival, we thank the Kami-sama for this year’s harvest and accomplishments and pray for their continued protection. At the bonfire ritual (Otakiage), we hold a ceremony to give thanks for the past year’s sacred items like ofuda and omamori amulets and then burn them.
|Friday, November 13, 2020Autumn Festival, Shichigosan, and Bonfire RitualAutumn Festival and Bonfire Ritual：11:30 AM〜（Please visit freely）|
Prayer ceremonies：12:00 PM〜
Real/In-Person Shichigosan visit：1:00 PM〜２:30PM（Please register by 11/5）
Location：Swan Fence Inc. Courtyard 600 W Manville St, Compton, CA 90220（Parking lot is available）
Shichigosan service fee：$50（Includes one omamori and a special gift）
Photos：$30（We will send you the digital copy）
※If you have old omamori or ofuda, please mail it along with the sacred branch fee.
The events will be canceled in the rain.
RSVP is here
Gokitō Application Form
!! Autumn Festival Only !!
Those who request a prayer service for good luck and health will receive an Autumn Festival exclusive good luck rice-ear charm (It can be mailed to those who cannot visit).
Service fee: $50
※A good luck rice-ear charm is a gohei ritual wand decorated with rice ears from this year’s first harvest.
For an additional $10, we will include our Blessed Rice for goodluck and health (1 pound) from Koda Farms.
Stay Home Shichigosan
We will hold the prayer service remotely for you over the phone.
Date： Sunday, Nov. 15th, 11 AM~3 PM
Service fee：$50 including postage (includes omamori & gift)
RSVP is here
The 2nd session of 稲荷道場Inari Dōjō is the “Fundamental Praying Method”. In this session, Rev. Hasegawa explains various praying methods. What you do when you visit jinja or pray at kamidana? How deep you bow at each program in the service? How to do Tamagushi hairei? You will know with this video!
The Inari Dōjō is a virtual Dōjō with lectures about Shinto, Japanese culture, customs, traditions, and language as well as Japanese pop culture!
In order to access our future Inari Dōjō lectures, you will need to join our membership. For details please visit our website ShintoInari.org or Patreon.com/ShintoInari
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May the Nature Spirits/Kami-sama be with you!
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:
We held Saitan-sai on January 1st at Little Tokyo for praying everybody’s prosperity, safe and healthy life as well as world peace. We wish you a new year filled with prosperity and happiness!
Arigato for all to come and pray at our booth. Arigato for volunteers to help our booth where was extremely popular in the event.
This year, we will start to organize 奉賛会Hōsankai which is a group of contributors for our shrine.
Many people have asked us the location for Shusse Inari Shrine of America and wish to visit to pray. Since Los Angeles is one of the highest land price area, we need huge help to make it happen. So that Hōsankai takes part of fundraising project for permanent place (or regular place or facility) of our Shrine. We hope you can play big role to help for fundraising and spread the word about our project to people who are interested in Shinto.
At the permanent (or regular place) of our Shrine, we would like to hold not only Omatsuri (ceremonies) and Gokitō (services) but also various events such as Japanese language class, culture class, Japanese Mythology class, exhibitions and En musubi party as well as Oharae-no-kotoba writing class, making Chino-wa, Shime-nawa, Shime-kazari and Kadomatsu.
We will announce our Hōsankai launch information when it is ready.
May the Shusse Inari Spirits be with you!
Rev. Izumi Hasegawa
Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America
We held the Aki (Autumn) Matsuri and 753 (Shichi-Go-San) ceremony.
At Aki Matsuri, we showed appreciation all harvest, success and improvement in 2018 as well as praying great harvest, success, improvement and world peace in 2019 to Kami / spirits. This is the traditional custom and culture which Japanese has been passing along from ancient.
At Shichi-Go-San, we provided blessing service to the family who attended. These family showed appreciation to Kami / spirits and prayed their children’s health, happiness and success. We supported their prayers to Kami / spirits.
Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3) is…
In Japan, Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3) is celebrated every November 15th. This ceremony is performed to honor children and dates back to the 17th century. The ceremony is 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 which 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.