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!
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.
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!
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
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
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.
YouTube Link —- https://youtu.be/HdhALFB-EG4
Channel —- ShintoInari
Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America will hold a Shinto ceremony to show appreciation to our mother nature on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22nd, at 12noon (PDT). We plan to stream the service on YouTube live (link will be announced later). We hope that you can join us wherever you are at the time.
Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is planning to start a Supporter Club program to introduce Japanese culture, Shinto to a wide range of people and raise funds to bring the first Shinto Shrine to the Los Angeles area since World War II. The first assistance we would like to ask of our Supporter Club is for help in choosing its name. Let us know your preference via this link!
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.
Please join and enjoy our events!!
Stay safe and well!
May the Kami-sama be with you!
Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America will hold a Shinto service to pray for a rapid end of the Coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, April 5th, at 12noon (PDT).
We plan to stream the service on Instagram live (@ShintoInari). We hope that you can pray with us wherever you are at the time.
The program of the service will be as follows:
May the Kami-sama be with you!
Rev. Izumi Hasegawa
Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America