節分祭 Setsubun-sai (Livestream only) for 2021 on Tuesday, February 2nd, 7 pm (PST)! We are looking for a man and a woman born in the Year of the OX to remotely participate in the service!

January 12, 2021

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!

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