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Shusse Inari Kō Meeting

Shusse Inari Shrine of America holds regular shrine association meetings for Shinto prayer, meditation, and discussion on even-numbered months at Echo Hall (15016 Daphne Ave, Gardena, CA 90249). The next meeting will be from 4-5pm on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

During these meetings, let us cleanse ourselves of the impure days, calm the spirit, and promote harmony between body and soul. We will also discuss and teach about Shinto mythology, Inari Ōkami, and Japanese culture and customs. RSVPs appreciated via contact page.

Meeting program download

When: Sunday, October 22nd, 4-5pm
Where: Echo Hall, 15016 Daphne Ave*, Gardena, CA 90249
Suggested donation: $10 per person
Reservation/inquiries: Contact page

*This street is also called Nader Place

Aki Matsuri (Fall Ceremony)

On Sunday, Nov. 12th, 2017, we will hold our annual Aki Matsuri (Fall Ceremony) at Montessori International Academy in Santa Ana from 11-11:30am. Please feel free to join us!

When: Nov. 12, 2017, 11-11:30am
Where: Montessori International Academy, 2717 South Halladay Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

7-5-3/Shichi-Go-San (Children’s Ceremony)

In Japan, Shichi-Go-San (753) is celebrated every November.  This ceremony is performed to honor children and dates back to the 17th century. Held for all children who are three, boys who are five, and girls who are seven, the ceremony is a very big day in their lives (ages are in Asian reckoning, where the year of your birth counts as being 1 year old. So if you are 20 years old, you are 21 years old in Asian reckoning).

Children are dressed in their best traditional clothes that are age appropriate, and their parents take them to a shrine to be blessed by priests. The parents and children both offer their thanks to the deity in appreciation. For the parents, this marks a significant step in their child’s life and one in which the parents are grateful for the child’s health and well-being.

Shusse Inari Shrine of America offers blessing services for 753 this year on Sunday, Nov. 12th at Montessori International Academy in Santa Ana. Individual ceremonies are performed for each family and require an appointment. Please contact us to make a reservation. An omamori (charm) and chitose ame (thousand-year candy) will be given for each child who participates.

When: Nov. 12, 2017, every 30 minutes from 11:30-4pm (ceremonies require appointment)
Where: Montessori International Academy, 2717 South Halladay Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Ceremony fee: $35 per child
Reservation/inquiries: Contact page

On this day, Nadeshiko Kai will also arrange kimono rental and dressing assistance (kitsuke), hair dressing, makeup, and professional photography services. Please contact them for reservations and inquiries by emailing, or by calling Sasaki at 562-923-3732. Their packages may also be viewed online at their website.

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