November: Aki Matsuri and Shichi-go-san
On Friday August 31st, 2018, our Shrine’s priestess, Rev. Izumi Hasegawa was in the History Channel to talk about Shinto and AI. Since in western countries, where AI is looked at with fear and at times for making weapons, but Japan sees AI and robots more as “friends,” rather than as tools for helping humans. Where does this sense come from?
(The sad thing is while narrator is saying “Japanese ancient practice, Shinto,” they are showing images of Buddhist temple, lanterns of BBQ restaurant and statues of Buddha. As you know, the giant bell and incense are only at Buddhist Temple, these statues are all Buddhaand and the lantern’s text is showing “BBQ”…. When you introduce Muslim, you won’t show images of Catholic church nor statue of Jesus, even sign of restaurant in Saudi Arabia, right? We need to educate Hollywood!)
HISTORY CHANNEL FEATURES THE SHINTO PRIEST
FOR SHUSSE INARI SHRINE OF AMERICA
Pepper, ASIMO, Paro, August 31, 2018 – Japan continues to be at the forefront of developing AI robots. Unlike in western countries, where AI is looked at with fear and at times for making weapons, Japan sees AI and robots more as “friends,” rather than as tools for helping humans.
Where does this sense come from? The Japanese feel that everything has a spirit. Their traditional customs revolve about coexistence and seeking to live in harmony with their natural surroundings. That mindset is reflected in the creation of stories like “Astro Boy,” “Doraemon” and “Pokémon” even though in modern days the Japanese seem to have lost touch with that ancient knowledge and Shinto customs.
In highlighting those distinct cultural differences, Rev. Izumi Hasegawa, the Shinto Priestess will discuss topics such as the importance their eco-friendly lifestyle and how to pay respect to nature, which is similar to the Native American culture. Bringing together these ancient customs and intersecting them with future technology is what will keep those traditions alive and a point of discussion for generations to come.
“One of the most important elements of the Shinto practice is seeking harmony not only
between people and nature, but also among people within their families, communities,
and world” said Rev. Izumi Hasegawa. “In today’s society, the need to strive for these goals has become more apparent than ever before. The Shinto lifestyle offers a timeless, harmonious spirit to draw upon as we work towards achieving a peaceful world for all living things.” May Shusse Inari be with you!
The History Channel special will air:
Ancient Aliens Season 13 Episode 13 “The Artificial Human”
8:00PM, Friday, August 31st, 2018
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.