“Episode 1: Introduction and History” 

Released to Public on our YouTube channel ShintoInari 

On Friday, July 31st, we have launched our Inari Dōjō, which is a virtual Dōjō with lectures about Shinto, Japanese culture, customs, traditions, and language as well as Japanese pop culture!

Our first Dōjō session will be “Ōharae-no-kotoba Session, Episode 1: Introduction and History,” which will be open to the public. After this first episode, the “Ōharae-no-kotoba” Sessions will be accessible only to our members.

The Ōharae-no-kotoba session will consist of 14 episodes, with Episode 2 discussing the overall meaning, followed by Episodes 3 to 14 which will explore the translations. For each episode, you can read Ōharae-no-kotoba with the Shinto priest!

In order to access all Inari Dōjō lectures, you will need to join our membership. For details please visit our website ShintoInari.org or Patreon.com/ShintoInari

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. 

Website       www.KitsuneClub.org

Instagram    @ KitsuneClubOrg

Twitter        @KitsuneClubOrg

Facebook     @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:

www.Patreon.com/ShintoInari

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.

4. Complete the application form and select the package plan. The application form and package plan list are here Additional application form and hitogata are here.

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.

On Tuesday, June 9th, Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America will hold its annual 夏祭りNatsu-matsuri (Summer Blessing) Shinto service to show our respect and appreciation to the nature spirits / Kami-sama and ask them to bless us with success and a bountiful harvest.  We will also ask that they protect us from natural disasters such as floods and drought during the summer months.

Our parent shrine in Japan traditionally holds this annual Natsu-matsuri on June 10th. In past years, the head priest of the American branch traveled to Japan to participate and would lead the American branch service at the same time.  However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year we will hold the Natsu-matsuri service at the American branch for the first time.

Due to the time difference between Los Angeles (where our US branch located) and Japan, the Los Angeles service will be held on June 9th so as to coincide with the main service at our parent shrine.

We plan to live stream the service on YouTube starting at 7:00pm (PDT) on the channel “ShintoInari”. We hope that you can pray with us wherever you are at the time.  During the live stream we will also announce the name of our Supporter Club! Thank you for your participation in our naming survey!

May the Nature Spirits/Kami-sama be with you!

Monday, June 1st, Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America will hold a monthly Tsukinami-sai Shinto services to show respect and appreciation, and ask for blessings from the nature spirits. We plan to live stream the service on YouTube starting at 12:00pm (PDT) on the channel “ShintoInari”. We hope that you can pray with us wherever you are at the time.

From Friday, May 1st, Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America will begin holding  monthly Tsukinami-sai Shinto services to show respect and appreciation and ask for blessings from the nature spirits. We plan to stream the service live on YouTube starting at 12:00pm on the channel “ShintoInari”. We hope that you can pray with us wherever you are at the time.

Since we have two new members for our Sukeikai membership, we will combine the Tsukinami-sai with the celebration of their induction. Also, since we have four members who will be having a birthday this month, we will hold a birth-month Kigan Gokito blessing service after the Tsukinami-sai after the conclusion of the livestream.

A Friendly reminder! We are going to close the Support Club name Survey by the end of this month (April 30th) . So far we got 75 responses. Arigato gozaimasu for your participation!  If you have not submitted yet, please do so now!

So far we have received “Shino Inari Club” 26%, and “Kitsune Club” 22%.

The funny ones are “Inari Ninja” and “Jinja Ninjas!”

We are looking forward to hearing your response!

The survey link is here!

Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is planning to start a Supporter Club program to introduce Japanese culture, Shinto to a wide range of people and raise funds to bring the first Shinto Shrine to the Los Angeles area since World War II. Initially, we are planning to have a pop-up/mobile Shinto Shrine so we can visit your area, and you can experience Japanese culture, and show your appreciation and pay your respects to the nature spirits. Later, we will build a permanent Shinto Shrine where we can hold annual Omatsuri and various services as well as wedding ceremonies and funeral services.

The first assistance we would like to ask of our Supporter Club is for help in choosing its name:

Shinto Inari

Shinto Club

Shinto Inari Club

Kitsune Club

Inari Club

Team Inari

Team Kitsune

Let us know your preference via this link!https://forms.gle/uc55M7n5FFponyg3A

Everyone who completes the form and registers for our newsletter will have a chance to win a gift from the Shrine. We appreciate your support!

Stay safe and well!

May the Nature Spirits be with you!

YouTube Link —-    https://youtu.be/HdhALFB-EG4

Channel —-  ShintoInari

Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America will hold a Shinto ceremony to show appreciation to our mother nature on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22nd, at 12noon (PDT). We plan to stream the service on YouTube live (link will be announced later). We hope that you can join us wherever you are at the time.

Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is planning to start a Supporter Club program to introduce Japanese culture, Shinto to a wide range of people and raise funds to bring the first Shinto Shrine to the Los Angeles area since World War II. The first assistance we would like to ask of our Supporter Club is for help in choosing its name. Let us know your preference via this link!

https://forms.gle/uc55M7n5FFponyg3A

Passing along eco-conscious traditions to the next generation.

Shinto is a mindset and way of living with respect for nature, living things and our ancestors, and it has long been recognized as Japan’s cultural root. Unlike Buddhism, Christianity, or other religions, Shinto has no holy texts, and there is no individual founder. It is said that Shinto has been practiced for more than 2,000 years.

One of the most important elements of Shinto is paying respect 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.

We hold various events introducing the traditional Japanese eco-conscious way of life so that future generations can enjoy nature as we do. Details about Shinto and these events can be found on our Newsletter, website, and social media.

Please join and enjoy our events!!

Stay safe and well!

May the Kami-sama be with you!

Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is planning to start a Supporter Club program to introduce Japanese culture, Shinto to a wide range of people and raise funds to bring the first Shinto Shrine to the Los Angeles area since World War II. Initially, we are planning to have a pop-up/mobile Shinto Shrine so we can visit your area, and you can experience Japanese culture, and show your appreciation and pay your respects to the nature spirits. Later, we will build a permanent Shinto Shrine where we can hold annual Omatsuri and various services as well as wedding ceremonies and funeral services.

The first assistance we would like to ask of our Supporter Club is for help in choosing its name:

Shinto Inari

Shinto Club

Shinto Inari Club

Kitsune Club

Inari Club

Team Inari

Team Kitsune

Let us know your preference via this link!https://forms.gle/uc55M7n5FFponyg3A

Everyone who completes the form and registers for our newsletter will have a chance to win a gift from the Shrine. We appreciate your support!

Stay safe and well!

May the Nature Spirits be with you!

Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America will hold a Shinto service to pray for a rapid end of the Coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, April 5th, at 12noon (PDT).

We plan to stream the service on Instagram live (@ShintoInari). We hope that you can pray with us wherever you are at the time.

The program of the service will be as follows:

  1. 修祓 Shubatsu: Purification
  2. 斎主一拝 Saishu Ippai: A Single Bow
  3. 献饌 Kensen: Presentation of Offerings
  4. 祝詞奏上 Norito Sōjō: Prayers
  5. 玉串拝礼 Tamagushi Hairei: Ritual Stick Offering
  6. 撤饌 Tessen: Removal of Offerings
  7. 斎主一拝 Saishu Ippai: A Single Bow
  8. 閉式 Closing the Service

May the Kami-sama be with you!

Rev. Izumi Hasegawa

Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America

Our new name will be

 SHINTO SHRINE OF SHUSSE INARI IN AMERICA.

Spring has come and a fresh start has begun! This spring, we at Shusse Inari Shrine of America will be changing our name to Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America.

Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

!!!Our new SNS accounts!!!

In addition to changing the name of our organization, please note that our social networking accounts have also been updated to reflect the new name.

Facebook – @ShintoInari

Instagram – @ShintoInari

Twitter – @ShintoInari

Please make sure to follow our new accounts and stay in touch!

We have seen an increase in the number of people interested in Shinto since we opened our US branch in 2017. Our new name will make us easier to find for people who have an interest in Shinto.

This spring, we will begin raising funds to bring the first Shinto Shrine to the Los Angeles area since World War II. Initially, we are planning to have a pop-up/mobile Shinto Shrine so we can visit your area, and you can experience Japanese culture and show your appreciation and pay your respects to the nature spirits. Later, we will build a permanent Shinto Shrine where we can hold annual Omatsuri and various Gokitō services as well as wedding ceremonies and funeral services.

We will announce the fundraising program when it is ready. Stay tuned!

May the Nature Spirits be with you!

Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America

Rev. Izumi Hasegawa

We regret to inform you that our Irei-sai on Saturday, March 7th, at LAPD Headquarters has been canceled. The Irei-sai is part of the Love to Nippon program. The Love to Nippon itself has been canceled due to the coronavirus.

However, Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America will hold a private Irei-sai at the US branch office by Rev. Hasegawa on March 10th, 10:46 pm (it is the time when the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake occurred).

So I hope everyone will take a moment and pray with me, wherever you will be at that time, and look in the direction of Japan to show respect to the spirits who lost their lives during 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and Tsunami as well as the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake.

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