We held the Aki (Autumn) Matsuri and 753 (Shichi-Go-San) ceremony.
At Aki Matsuri, we showed appreciation all harvest, success and improvement in 2018 as well as praying great harvest, success, improvement and world peace in 2019 to Kami / spirits. This is the traditional custom and culture which Japanese has been passing along from ancient.
At Shichi-Go-San, we provided blessing service to the family who attended. These family showed appreciation to Kami / spirits and prayed their children’s health, happiness and success. We supported their prayers to Kami / spirits.
Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3) is…
In Japan, Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3) is celebrated every November 15th. This ceremony is performed to honor children and dates back to the 17th century. The ceremony is 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*). Children are dressed in their best traditional clothes which 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.
Thank you for attending to Kodama Shizume no Matsuri (Calming Spirits of Trees Ceremony) on Sunday, November 4th at The Learning Garden (Venice High School) in Los Angeles, CA!
We had about 40 people paid respect and appreciation to tree spirits.
We had an introduction / lecture about Shinto and explain about ceremony program as well as what Shinto priest will read as prayer (which is more like poem) to spirits. Also we practice praying method and Temizu (purification with water).
The ancient Japanese people understood that every natural object and phenomenon possessed a spirit. Feeling awe and deep reverence for nature, they came to regard these spirits as Kami (deities). Over time, jinja (Shinto shrines) were built where these Kami were believed to dwell. The practices of prayer to these Kami, as well as the mindset of harmonious living with divine nature, was handed down from generation to generation and is today called Shinto, or “Way of the Kami”.
Shinto is the way of living which respects nature, other people, and ancestors.
Shinto is a mindset and way of life that has long been recognized as Japan’s cultural root. Unlike Buddhism, Christianity, or other religions, Shinto has no holy texts, nor individual founder.
While Shinto is distinctly Japanese, anybody may practice. After all, every person is in the midst of divine nature and every person receives its blessings, such as the fruits of the earth and the warmth from the sun. What we do at the ceremony is paying respect, show appreciation, and tell our wishes to nature.
One of the most important elements of Shinto practice is seeking harmony and co-existence not only between people and nature, but also among the people of our families, communities, and world. In today’s society, the need to strive for these goals has become more apparent than ever before. The lifestyle of Shinto offers a timeless, harmonious spirit to draw upon as we work towards a peaceful world for all living things.
Let’s pass along Japanese eco-friendly traditional lifestyle to next generation!
We hold various events for introducing Japanese eco-friendly traditional lifestyle for
our future generation can enjoy nature like as us.
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”