Let’s celebrate the New Season’s beginning, pray to get rid of bad spirits and pandemic by showing respect and gratitude to the Nature Spirits, Kami-sama!
YouTube Live Stream of Annual Shinto Service 節分祭 Setsubun-sai for 2021 on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PST)
節分祭 Setsubun-sai for 2021 live stream link is here
On February 2nd, the Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America will hold its annual Shinto Service: Setsubun-sai.
Setsubun (February 2nd in 2021) is a day before a new season begins.
Please join us in this once-a-year service to celebrate the start of the beginning of a new season, as well as get rid of bad spirits and pandemic by showing our respect and gratitude through prayer to the Nature Spirits, Kami-sama.
We plan to live-stream the service on YouTube starting at 7:00 pm (PST) on the “ShintoInari” YouTube channel. We hope that you can join us wherever you may be at the time.
The Closing Talk of this service will be about the Hatsuuma-matsuri (Hastuuma-sai) which is a very important matsuri for the Inari Shrine.
We are looking for a man and a woman born in the Year of the OX. They will remotely participate in the throwing beans ceremony along with the Shinto priest during the service. We also humbly request you donate ohatsuhorō as a participation fee.
In Japan, we have this custom that Toshi-Otoko (men who are born in the same zodiac as the year) and Toshi-Onna (women who are born in the same zodiac as the year) participate in the throwing beans service at the Shinto Shrine.
Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari has followed this custom. In the last year we had a man and a woman who were born in the Year of the Rat participate.
If you are born the Year of the Ox and interested in participating in the service, please contact us. In the service, there are specific throwing beans, so you will receive a package of them from the Shrine before the day of the ritual to use. (For overseas participants, you will prepare the beans by yourself. The priest will give instruction how to make them).
Participants will be asked to share their names in the livestream as well as photo or video while they are participating.
To start raising funds to open a community center (Shinto Shrine) and hold various events, we have decided that the priest’s Closing Talk will only be open to Shinto Inari Kai members (and Silver, Gold patrons). If you are interested in hearing the Closing Talk, please join our membership through our website ShintoInari.org or Patreon.com/ShintoInari. The Closing Talks will explain the prayers that were read, discuss traditional Japanese customs, and include other information and backgrounds.
Also, only members will have full access to view recorded streams in our video archives. Please reference the list on our website.
We welcome osaisen (donations for when you visit Shinto Shrines) for participation in the live stream service.
Please contribute your support:
May the Nature Spirits, Kami-sama be with you!
Japan celebrates those who reach twenty years of age when they officially become an adult. Seijin shiki—the celebration ceremony—happens on the second Monday in January in every city. This is considered so important the second Monday in January has been declared a national holiday.
When a person reaches the age of adulthood, they visit a Shinto Shrine and show appreciation for their maturation. Kami-sama is then informed of their new adult status. As a new member of society, they vow to contribute to society, after which they pray for divine guidance and protection. The new adult then returns home and expresses gratitude to their parents and those who helped raise them well.
Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America celebrates new adults and encourages them to attend a coming of age blessing ceremony.
Our head priest, Rev. Izumi Hasegawa created a video message which is also being shown on the Nadeshiko Kai website.
Setsubun (February 2nd in 2021) is a day before the New Year in the Lunar Calendar, and it is also the day before a new season begins.
Around this time, Japanese people who reach Yakudoshi (Ages of Misfortune) receive blessings for Yaku-Barai/Yaku-Yoke, to get rid of misfortune and yakunan (illness, accident, injury, fight, etc.)
During this time, those who’ve missed Toshikoshi-no-Ōharae and are willing to participate, have a chance to receive Setsubun-no-Harae. It is the same as Toshikoshi-no-Ōharae, a prayer meant to purify and to get rid of misfortune, yakunan, and kegare (withered spirit) as well as recharge the spirit. Setsubun-no-Harae rituals also use hitogata and katashiro the same way they are used in Toshikoshi-no-Ōharae. Setsubun-no-Harae application form and details information are here.
Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America provides Yaku-Barai/Yaku-Yoke and Setsubun-no-Harae services with mystic rituals that have been passed down through generations of the priest’s family.
Yakudoshi are years during a person’s life when many changes may take place in their body and/or environment. As a result, there is higher risk for misfortune. Years in which there is an increased chance for misfortune/challenges are called Yakudoshi, meaning “Critical Years” or “Ages of Misfortune.” It is implied from historical texts that Yakudoshi has existed as a custom since the Heian Period in Japan (794 – 1185 CE).
However, Yakudoshi are not the only years that one needs to take into account. In addition to the designated misfortune year, or “Hon-Yaku,” one must also pay attention to the year before a misfortune year, or “Mae-Yaku,” as well as the year after, or “Ato-Yaku,” in order to avoid misfortune. For this reason, it is necessary to think of Yakudoshi as a three-year period. During this three-year period, people go to Shinto shrines in order to receive blessings from priests to ward off evil and to cleanse themselves of evil influence. People also pray to purify their bad luck and obtain good luck charms to bring about better fortune.
厄年 Yakudoshi (Ages of Misfortune)
|数え年Eastern Age 19 (Born 2003)||数え年Eastern Age 25 (Born 1997)|
|数え年Eastern Age 33 (Born 1989)||数え年Eastern Age 42 (Born 1980)|
|数え年Eastern Age 37 (Born 1985)||数え年Eastern Age 61 (Born 1961) (kanreki還暦)|
|数え年Eastern Age 61 (Born 1961) (kanreki還暦)|
Eastern Age — adding 1 to your actual age
Yaku Barai/Yakuyoke service fee donation minimum is $60.00 (which includes one Omamori). The application form is available here.
Friday, January 1st, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PST)
Showing Respect and Appreciation and Asking for Blessings from the Nature Spirits
On January 1st, Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America will hold its monthly Tsukinami-sai Shinto service to show respect, appreciation, and ask for blessings from the nature spirits. Since we have some new and renewed members, we will combine the service with a celebration of the member’s induction. Also for those of our members who will be having a birthday this month, we will hold a birth-month Kigan Gokitō blessing after the conclusion of the service.
This month’s Closing Talk is about “Shimekazari” which may seem like just a decoration but it actually is not and its individual parts have a very special meaning.
We plan to live-stream the service on YouTube starting at 7:00 pm (PST) on the channel “ShintoInari.” We hope that you can join us wherever you are at the time.
In order to begin raising funds to open a community center (Shinto Shrine) and hold various events, we have decided that, from July 2020’s Tsukinami-sai, the priest’s Closing Talk will be open only to members/patrons. If you are interested in hearing the talk, please join our membership through our website ShintoInari.org or Patreon.com/ShintoInari. The Closing Talks will explain the prayers that were read, discuss traditional Japanese customs, and include other information and background.
Also only members will have full access to view recorded streams in our video archives. Please reference the following list.
Omatsuri Service Live Stream:
From the beginning to before the Closing Talk —- Available to the public/non-members
Closing Talk —- Available to Silver Patrons, Gold Patrons, and Shrine Sūkeikai regular and VIP members
Omatsuri video archive:
First half of the service —- Available to the public/non-members
From the beginning to before the Closing Talk —- Bronze Patrons
From the beginning through the end of the Closing Talk —- Silver Patrons, Gold Patrons, Shrine’s Sūkeikai regular and VIP members.
We welcome osaisen (donations) to participate in the live stream service like when you visit Shinto Shrine.
Please contribute your support so we can keep holding various services.
May the Nature Spirits/Kami-sama be with you!
YouTube Live Stream of Once a Year Shinto Service
歳旦祭Saitan-sai for 2021
Friday, January 1st, 2021 at 2:00 pm (PST)
On January 1st, the Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America will hold its annual Shinto Service: Saitan-sai.
Please join us for Saitan-sai. This is the first opportunity to pray to the nature spirits/Kami-sama for happiness, good fortune, prosperity, and good health throughout the New Year.
The Closing Talk of this service will be about the norito prayer used for Saitan-sai.
We plan to live-stream the service on YouTube starting at 2:00 pm (PST) on the “ShintoInari” YouTube channel. We hope that you can join us wherever you may be at the time.
This closing talk will be open to the public to share good fortune with everyone.
To start raising funds to open a community center (Shinto Shrine) and hold various events, we have decided that starting from the July 2020 Tsukinami-sai, the priest’s Closing Talk will usually only be open to members/patrons. If you are interested in hearing the Closing Talk, please join our membership through our website ShintoInari.org or Patreon.com/ShintoInari. The Closing Talks will explain the prayers that were read, discuss traditional Japanese customs, and include other information and backgrounds.
Also, only members will have full access to view recorded streams in our video archives.
We welcome osaisen (donations) to participate in the live stream service like as when you visit Shinto Shrine.
Your contributions make us keep holding the service!!
May the Nature Spirits/Kami-sama be with you!
Pre-made Shimekazari, Shimakazari DIY set, and Shimenawa are available.
Those are all limited numbers. First come first served!!! HURRY!
We are excited to announce that we have some extra special shimekazari (注連飾り) and shimenawa (注連縄) in stock!
Shimekazari — you hang at the entrance of your home, office, shop/store to welcome Toshigami-sama (new yea’s Kami-sama) who brings good fortune in the new year.
Shimenawa — you hang it near your kamidana to make sacred place.
Our shimenawa are handmade from Matsue’s master artisans. They come from the Izumo region, which is famous for its giant shimenawa which you have seen at Izumo Taisha. This craft is still very popular there. It is very difficult to source shimekazari and shimenawa outside of Japan, and we only have one of each of these precious items currently in stock, so they are very rare indeed!
We also offer a new DIY shimekazari making kit! It includes all the necessary materials and instructions to make one shimekazari. You can make one for yourself or together with your family to deepen the bonds of your relationships.
After you learn to make shimekazari, you can go next step which is making shimenawa. Making shimenawa requires more skill than shimekazari.
Shipping and handling fees are not included. At this time, we can only ship within the United States.
Since we are still not sure that we are able to hold Hatsumode Newyear celebration event on January 1st, 2021. We are accepting the request for the new year Shinto items. Please visit our Shinto Items page then submit the request form.
Since 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 generations of our family.
One such ritual is the use of katashiro, or hitogata (when used for people) on which are written the mystic words, “Tokusa-no-kamdakara.” Hitogata are slips of paper that are cut into the shape of a person in order to represent the person it is being used for. In the Toshikoshi-no-Ōharae service, the hitogata is thought to carry all of that person’s kegare. We also offer this service for pets and vehicles.
[How to use hitogata]
Check: Payable to Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America
please include the PayPal’s transaction fee.
チェックの宛名：Payable to Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America
人形（ひとがた）プラン10ドル 〜 HitogataPlan minimum $10.00 per one hitogata or katashiro
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 per one hitogata or katashiro
Toshikoshi-no-Ōharae rituals service which is using hitogata or 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.
*We will ask additional donations for oversea shipping.
Blessed Rice is from the Koda Farms, where Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America purifies and blesses their field by praying to Shusse Inari Ōkami-sama that the rice grows and brings good fortune, happiness, and health to those who eat the rice.
(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 blesses and prays to Shusse Inari Ōkami-sama that the tea brings good fortune, happiness, and health to those who drink it. 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 email@example.com 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