In the Tsukinami-sai service, we show our respect, appreciation, and ask for blessings from the Nature Spirits, Kami-sama, for all of us and especially members (including patrons). When we have some renew and/or new member(s), we combine the service with a celebration of their induction as well. Also for those of our members who will be having a birthday the month, we hold a birth-month Kigan Gokitō blessing service after the conclusion of the service. In the Closing Talk, the priest introduces Japanese culture and traditions related with Shinto. Note: The Closing Talk only opens to the members, Silver patrons and Gold patrons. If you are interested in hearing the talk, please join our membership through our website or

You can watch our services at out YouTube channel, ShintoInari.


We will hold Saitan-sai for praying people’s happiness, safety, success and world peace. You are very welcome to attend Saitan-sai as well as personal prayer. We will have Hamaya, KumadeOfuda and Omamori as well as Gokitoh such as Yakuyoke etc… (Please make appointment for Gokitoh before Dec. 30th). 

This is the best day to do Hatsumōde初詣

About Setsubun

The original meaning of Setsubun is “dividing season,” and the beginning of each of the four seasons was called Setsubun. However, the day before the first day of spring in the lunar calendar is New Year’s Eve, and as it marks the seasonal change from harsh winter to spring, it came to be considered an especially important day. During the Edo period, Setsubun came to exclusively mean the day before the first day of spring. Mostly the first day of spring is February 4th, so that Setsubun is February 3rd. We will hold this Setsubun ceremony to show respect and appreciation and present our wishes to the nature spirits. 

 On the Setsubun, we have this custom to do Setsubun no Harai and people who are having yakudoshi (critical year), request to have gokitō such as yakubarai services.

Show Respect and Appreciation to mother nature on Earth Day

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, sustainability and environment!

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.

Purify and recharge your spirit for the summer

 From ancient times, the Japanese people practiced Nagoshi-no-Harae, a prayer to purify and to rid themselves of the first half of the year’s yakunan (illness, accident, injury, 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 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 Nagoshi-no-Harae service, the hitogata is thought to carry all of that person’s kegare.




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 Kami-sama.


 今年得た収穫、繁栄、ご縁を神様に感謝し、来年の繁栄・開運招福を祈願しましょう。 日本人が昔から行ってきた日本の文化・伝統を次の世代に一緒に伝えていきましょう!

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. *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.






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