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.

Man and Woman of the Year of the OX

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.

The Closing Talk is only be open to members.

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!

Friday, January 1st, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PST)
https://youtu.be/D2gmzc-MTlc

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)

https://youtu.be/njburFQNMQQ

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!

YouTube Live Stream of Once a Year Shinto Service

 年越の大祓Toshikoshi-no-Ōharae & 除夜祭Joya-sai for 2020

Thursday, December 31st, 2020 at 7:00 pm (PST)

https://youtu.be/ZzpRu-OQAow

On December 31st, Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America will hold its once a year Shinto Service Toshikoshi-no-Ōharae and Joya-sai

In the Toshikoshi-no-Ōharae, we pray to the nature spirits / Kami-sama for purification and ask to recharge our spirits, and bless us with health and protection from misfortune and illness. In this service, Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America provides traditional services with mystic rituals that have been passed down through generations of the priest’s 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. The hitogata is thought to carry all of that person’s kegare. We also offer this service for pets and vehicles. We have received hitogata and katashiro from those who are interested in participating in this service, so we will hold the special ritual service for them.

For Joya-sai, which is the new year’s eve matsuri, we tell our gratitude to the nature spirits, Kami-sama, with regards to this whole year’s blessings, and ask for their blessings for happiness, good fortune as well as prosperity for the coming new year. 

The Closing Talk (only for Shinto Inari Kai and Patrons) is about details of “Tokusa-no-kamdakara” which we use for the Toshikoshi-no-Ōharae ritual.

 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.

When you visit Shinto Shrine, you put some Osaisen into the donation box, so when you join the service, please follow the custom.

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.

昔から日本人は、1年の終わりに「年越の大祓(としこしのおおはらえ)」を行ってきました。これは、1年(「夏越の祓」をされた方は半年)の間に気づかないうちに作ってしまった罪や穢(けが)れ、また、病気・事故・怪我・争いなどの厄難(やくなん)を祓(はら)い清め、新年を心身共に健康で過ごせるよう祈願するものです。 

 「穢れ」とは「気が枯れる」という意味で、本来持っている「気」がストレスなどで「枯れて」(くたびれて)パワーがダウンしている状態のことです。また、このリセット、リチャージにより、開運を呼び込むことができると言われています。

 「年越の大祓」は、「夏越の祓」同様、身代わりとなる人形(ひとがた)を使って、ご自身が溜め込んでいる穢れなどを祓い、気力の復活を図ります。アメリカ出世稲荷神社の人形は、古来より伝わる「十種神宝(とくさのかんだから)」の文字が入っています。当神社では、お申し込みいただいた方のお名前・住所を神主が読み上げ、受け取った人形で神社に伝わるご祈祷を行います。ご祈祷の模様はYouTubeにてライブ配信予定です。ご祈祷の後、お祓いの完了メールまたは、ご依頼のパッケージをお送りいたします。

車両、ペットの「年越の大祓」もいたします。

[How to use hitogata]

  1. Cut out hitogata, write your name, address and age on the front of hitogata.
  2. Breathe upon the hitogata.
  3. 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.
  4. Complete the application form and select the package plan (please refer to other release form).
  5. Prepare the donation service fee.
  6. POSTAL Mail (to arrive before December 28th) to Shrine Office.

Check:  Payable to Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America

PayPal:

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please include the PayPal’s transaction fee.

[お申し込みの手順]

  1. 切り抜いた人形に名前、年齢(数え年)、住所を書き、息を吹きかけます。
  2. 祓ってほしいことを念じ、体の良くなって欲しい部分を、願い事を唱えながら人形でさすります。肩こりが治って欲しい場合は、「肩こりが治りますように」と言いながら人形で肩をさすります。頭が良くなって欲しい人は、「頭が良くなりますように」と言いながら人形で頭をさすります。良くなって欲しい部分が複数でも構いません。
  3. ご祈祷プランを選んで、申込用紙を記入します。
  4. ご祈祷料をご用意ください。

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5.12月28日必着で人形/形代をご郵送ください。

「年越の大祓」パッケージプラン

人形(ひとがた)プラン10ドル 〜 HitogataPlan  minimum $10.00 per one hitogata or katashiro

 お名前とご住所を読み上げ、人形(または形代)を使った秘伝のご祈祷をします。ご祈祷のご報告をemailいたします。

狐プラン20ドル 〜 Kitsune plan minimum $20.00

 人形プランに加え、お清めの塩、「開運招福健康茶」を郵送いたします。

稲荷プラン40ドル〜  Inari plan minimum $40.00

 人形プランに加え、お清めの塩、「開運招福健康米」を郵送いたします。

家族プラン60ドル 〜 Family plan minimum $60.00

 家族(ペット、車両含む)5人までの人形プランに加え、お清めの塩、「開運招福健康茶」と「開運招福健康米」を郵送いたします。

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!

https://youtu.be/sZ1S5ctNggA

Here is the program!

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

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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

(Reservation required)

 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

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.

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