On Tuesday, June 9th, Shinto Shrine of Shusse Inari in America will hold its annual 夏祭りNatsu-matsuri (Summer Blessing) Shinto ceremony 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 ceremony at the same time. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year we will hold the Natsu-matsuri ceremony 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 ceremony will be held on June 9th so as to coincide with the main ceremony at our parent shrine.
We plan to live stream the ceremony 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!