At the Anime Expo 2019, we got overwhelming respond for our lecture and workshop. Both were FULL HOUSE!!  Arigato for Otaku people who attended both event! we love you!! Nikkan San ran story about this.

アニメエキスポ2019での神道レクチャーと巫女ワークショップは大反響で、両方とも満席でした。ありがとうございました。アメリカ人が神道に強い興味を持っていることを実感! これからも自然を大切にする日本の伝統文化、神道をみなさんに紹介していきたいと思います。

日刊サンがリポートを掲載してくださいました!

Arigato for your help Ramiro Duran, Yasuyo Makino, Nikkan San, Cultural News.

We are looking for volunteer members to support our events! Please contact us if you are interested in.

2019/07/05 Shusse Inari Shrine of America held Shinto lecture and Miko workshop at Anime Expo 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA

On the day of the Service, June 30th, 2019, we performed the service for Nagoshi-no-Harae in our traditional ritual way that has been passed down from generation to generation through the long history of Shusse Inari Shrine. We read each person’s name and address who sent/handed Hitogata during the service to pray for their purification, good fortune, and happiness, as well as to recharge their spirit for a safe and healthy summer and 2nd half of the year. We pray that you will continue receiving the blessings of the Shusse Inari Spirits. Also participants built then walked through the large Chinowa wreath to pray for good health, safety, and happiness through the second half of the year. Arigato gozaimasu #VeniceLearningGarden for sharing bamboo to this ceremony.

6月30日、アメリカ出世稲荷神社では、「夏越の祓」と「茅の輪神事」をご奉仕いたしました。人形(ひとがた)をご郵送/手渡しいただいた方は、古来より当神社に受け継がれてきた秘伝の祈祷法にて、お一人ずつご住所とお名前を読み上げて半年間の穢れ(気枯れ)を祓い、夏を元気に過ごせるよう年の後半の無病息災をご祈念いたしました。また、参列者は協力して茅の輪を作成し、次の半年の無病息災を願って茅の輪をくぐりました。日刊サンがリポートを掲載してくださいました!このリンクで確認できます!

We held Shinto workshop for foreigners on June 8th.

We plan to hold this workshop again on May/June 2019. We also plan to organize a Japanese mythology tour by Shinto priest near the future.

We performed Irei-sai, a Sintō Memorial service on Sunday, March 10th for the victims of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011 and 2016 Kumamoto earthquake, 2018 Hokkaidō earthquake. Our service was aired on abc TV and NHK as well as other media. Through impression of traditional Japanese ritual, Shintō service, more people got encouragement to pray victims and remember people are still suffering, have not done recovering, as well as how the importance of preparation.

NHK report can watch this link. (Note: It might have expiration date of this link).

We held Setsubun-sai on Friday, February 1st at Montessori International Academy (2717 South Halladay Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705).  After the ceremony, we provided Setsubun-no-Harai and Yakubarai for Yakudoshi (critical year) services.

We also provided traditional ritual services for purifying and recharging the spirit. Please see below.

And we provided Gokitoh service of Yakubarai for Yakudoshi (critical year) people.

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. This year, the first day of spring is actually February 4th, making Setsubun February 3rd, but we held Setsubun-sai on February 1st due to venue availability. We hold this Setsubun ceremony to show respect and appreciation and present our wishes to the nature spirits.  This ceremony is free to attend.

About Sestubun-no-harai (Purify and recharge your spirit for The New Year).

This is a very traditional ritual service that has been passed from generation to generation for many years in Shusse Inari Shrine. This ritual is centered around the use of Hitogata. From ancient times, the Japanese people have prayed for purification, and to be rid of the previous year’s Kegare. New Year’s rituals are for cleansing and refreshing of energy for their spirit. 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 New Year’s rituals are performed to cleanse and refresh this energy and recharge the spirit.

We distribute Hitogata at the Setsubun-sai venue, so please let us know if you are interested in this service. Please reference our flyer for more detail about Hitogata.

The Hitogata is a minimum $10 donation in advance per participant (including the ritual service fee) Note: Attendance of this ritual service is not required.

About Yakudoshi

Over the many years of a person’s life, many changes may take place in their body and/or environment. As a result, it is said there is a risk of meeting with misfortune. Years in which there is an increased chance of misfortune are called Yakudoshi, meaning “Critical Years.” It is apparent from historical texts that Yakudoshi already existed as a custom during the Heian Period in Japan (794 CE – 1185). However, Yakudoshi are not the only years that one needs to take into account. In addition to the designated critical year (or “Hon-Yaku”), the year before a critical year (“Mae-Yaku)”, and the year after (“Ato-Yaku)”, also require careful attention 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 prayers from priests to ward off evil and to cleanse themselves of its influence. People also pray to purify their bad luck, and for good luck charms to bring about better fortune.

It is said that Yakudoshi begins from first day of spring, so it is customary for people of Yakudoshi age to receive Yakubarai (purification) services on that day. The Yakudoshi ages for women are 18, 32, and 36, and for men are 24, 41 and 60. We provid Yakubarai services for Yakudoshi. An appointment is required for the Yakubarai service, please contact us to schedule.  The Yakudoshi service fee is minimum $60.

We held Saitan-sai on January 1st at Little Tokyo for praying everybody’s prosperity, safe and healthy life as well as world peace. We wish you a new year filled with prosperity and happiness!

Arigato for all to come and pray at our booth. Arigato for volunteers to help our booth where was extremely popular in the event.

This year, we will start to organize 奉賛会Hōsankai which is a group of contributors for our shrine.

Many people have asked us the location for Shusse Inari Shrine of America and wish to visit to pray. Since Los Angeles is one of the highest land price area, we need huge help to make it happen. So that Hōsankai takes part of fundraising project for permanent place (or regular place or facility) of our Shrine. We hope you can play big role to help for fundraising and spread the word about our project to people who are interested in Shinto.

At the permanent (or regular place) of our Shrine, we would like to hold not only Omatsuri (ceremonies) and Gokitō (services) but also various events such as Japanese language class, culture class, Japanese Mythology class, exhibitions and En musubi party as well as Oharae-no-kotoba writing class, making Chino-wa, Shime-nawa, Shime-kazari and Kadomatsu.

We will announce our Hōsankai launch information when it is ready.

今年もよろしくお願いします。

May the Shusse Inari Spirits be with you!

Rev. Izumi Hasegawa

Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America

We held Aki Matsuri at Koda Farms. We showed appreciation of this year’s great harvest and pray next year’s great harvest and safety.

We held Hatsuuma Matsuri(Spring festival)on March and Taue Kiyobarai (Purification field for Planting Ceremony) on April.

We plan to distribute rice from the field we held ceremony from January 1st. Details are forthcoming.

We held the Aki (Autumn) Matsuri and 753  (Shichi-Go-San) ceremony. 

At Aki Matsuri, we showed appreciation all harvest, success and improvement in 2018 as well as praying great harvest, success, improvement and world peace in 2019 to Kami / spirits. This is the traditional custom and culture which Japanese has been passing along from ancient.

At Shichi-Go-San, we provided blessing service to the family who attended. These family showed appreciation to Kami / spirits and prayed their children’s health, happiness and success. We supported their prayers to Kami / spirits.

Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3) is…

In Japan, Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3) is celebrated every November 15th.  This ceremony is performed to honor children and dates back to the 17th century. The ceremony is 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 which 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.

History Channel

On Friday August 31st, 2018, our Shrine’s priestess, Rev. Izumi Hasegawa was in the History Channel to talk about Shinto and AI. Since in western countries, where AI is looked at with fear and at times for making weapons, but Japan sees AI and robots more as “friends,” rather than as tools for helping humans.  Where does this sense come from?

(The sad thing is while narrator is saying “Japanese ancient practice, Shinto,” they are showing images of Buddhist temple, lanterns of BBQ restaurant and statues of Buddha. As you know, the giant bell and incense are only at Buddhist Temple, these statues are all Buddha and the lantern’s text is showing “BBQ”…. When you introduce Muslim, you won’t show images of Catholic church nor statue of Jesus, even sign of restaurant in Saudi Arabia, right? We need to educate Hollywood!)

HISTORY CHANNEL FEATURES THE SHINTO PRIEST

FOR SHUSSE INARI SHRINE OF AMERICA

Pepper, ASIMO, Paro, August 31, 2018 – Japan continues to be at the forefront of developing AI robots. Unlike in western countries, where AI is looked at with fear and at times for making weapons, Japan sees AI and robots more as “friends,” rather than as tools for helping humans.

Where does this sense come from?  The Japanese feel that everything has a spirit. Their traditional customs revolve about coexistence and seeking to live in harmony with their natural surroundings. That mindset is reflected in the creation of stories like “Astro Boy,” “Doraemon” and “Pokémon” even though in modern days the Japanese seem to have lost touch with that ancient knowledge and Shinto customs.

In highlighting those distinct cultural differences, Rev. Izumi Hasegawa, the Shinto Priestess will discuss topics such as the importance their eco-friendly lifestyle and how to pay respect to nature, which is similar to the Native American culture.  Bringing together these ancient customs and intersecting them with future technology is what will keep those traditions alive and a point of discussion for generations to come.

“One of the most important elements of the Shinto practice is seeking harmony not only between people and nature, but also among people within their families, communities,and world” said Rev. Izumi Hasegawa.  “In today’s society, the need to strive for these goals has become more apparent than ever before. The Shinto lifestyle offers a timeless, harmonious spirit to draw upon as we work towards achieving a peaceful world for all living things.” May Shusse Inari be with you!

The History Channel special will air:

Ancient Aliens Season 13 Episode 13 “The Artificial Human”

8:00PM,  Friday, August 31st, 2018

We held Shinto workshop for foreigners on June 8th.

We plan to hold this workshop again in May/June 2019. We also plan to organize Japanese mythology tour by Shinto priest near the future.

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