Nagoshi-no-Harae (at main shrine in Matsue)
At the end of every June and December, we hold “Great Purification.” The ceremony at the end of June is called “Nagoshi-no-Harae”, which is to help participants get through summer. Both the June and December rituals are performed to cleanse all kegare (impurities) that we have accumulated during the preceding six months.
One of the ritual actions taken for Nagoshi-no-Harae is the use of Hitogata (paper shape of human; see illustration). Hitogata will be sent out on payment of the required fee.
Write your name and age on the Hitogata, then wipe the Hitogata on the body part you want to get better. For example, wipe your knee if you have knee pain, wipe your head if you want to be smarter, etc.
Finally, mail the Hitogata back to us with your full name, date of birth, age, address and email enclosed. Please print clearly since we read them during the ceremony.
In the Nagoshi-no-Harae ritual we use the Hitogata which you mail back to us as part of the purifications. In Shinto it is believed that the Hitogata represents the person concerned, so that in the ceremony it carries all of their kegare.
At the end of the year, we also perform another Great Purification, and use Hitogata at that time as well.
If I receive your Hitogata before May 15th, I will be able to take it with me to our main shrine in Matsue. If I receive it after May 15th but no later than June 20th, we will mail it to the main shrine.
Nagoshi-no-Harae service fee is $10 per person. For our shrine members there is no fee for the Nagoshi-no-Harae service, since it is included in the membership fee.
Please contact us to request of Hitogata and service.
May Shusse Inari Ōkami-sama be with you!
November: Aki Matsuri and Shichi-go-san
Kaki Taisai (Natsu matsuri) at main shrine
June 9th and 10, we held Kaki Taisai as well as the event of Let’s Kaiun.
Shinto workshop for foreigners at main shrine
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 Japanese mythology tour by Shinto priest around that time. Stay tune for details!
Introduction to Shusse Inari Shrine
Shusse Inari Shrine of America is the American branch of Shusse Inari Shrine, located in the city of Matsue in the Izumo region of Shimane Prefecture.
Shusse Inari Shrine has been respected by the feudal lords of Matsue, as well as the area’s local people, since the 12th century.
The main deity enshrined here is 宇迦之御魂神 (Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami), who is the deity of productivity, business, food, and harvests, and whose workings give us life as human beings. It is through this kami’s divine virtue as the root of life that we can enjoy the blessings of nature.
Also enshrined here are 誉田別命 (Homudawake-no-Mikoto), to whom Samurai paid respect, as well as the deity of water and the deity of health. Shusse Inari Shrine is known for having the power to bring good luck, business and career success, recovery from illness, marriage and relationship happiness, good catches of fish, huge harvests and student success. Lately, Shusse Inari Shrine has also become popular for bringing good luck in the lottery.
Shusse Inari Shrine of America performs various prayer services such as for business success when you open a new restaurant or office, safe driving for a new car, safety and success of karate/judo/kendo dojos, Shichi-go-san (7-5-3 rites/blessing ceremony for children), weddings, etc. Feel free to ask us.
Information about the priest of Shusse Inari Shrine of America can be found at the About Us page.