Saturday, December 31st, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. (Pacific)
Join us for the live-stream.
On December 31st, Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America will hold its once a year Shinto ceremony 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 ceremony, Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America provides traditional ceremony with mystic rituals that have been passed down through generations of the priest’s family.
Important: Be sure to cut out the Hitogata and katatshiro after you print them. Only one person, pet, or vehicle per Hitogata or katashiro.
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 ceremony for pets and vehicles. We have received hitogata and katashiro from those who are interested in participating in this ceremony, so we will hold the special ritual ceremony 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.
Due to next day’s preparation, we do not have the Closing Talk after this ceremony.
We plan to live-stream the ceremony on YouTube starting at 7:00 p.m. (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 ceremony, please follow the custom and support our shrine so we may continue to hold these events.