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.
Flyer download is here
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
Please subscribe to our YouTube channel “ShintoInari” and ring the bell icon to get notifications when we release new videos.
May the Nature Spirits/Kami-sama be with you!
“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
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.
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.