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Upcoming Events

November 16 - Schichi-Go-San Taisai
Registration from 10:30am, Ceremony at 11:00am
Blessing will be made for children, boys ages 3 and 5, girls ages 3 and 7......this very important life-cycle event is one of the most popular in Japan...when parents take their children who are dressed in their best clothes (hare-gi) to the local shrine to offer gratitude and pray for contiued safe growth and development. Children attending this event receive the special 7-5-3 OMAMORI-SAN and the CHITOSE AME/ long-life candy in a colorful bag with many special images on it...this makes the very happy childhood memory. Those wishing to receive this special prayer who cannot attend the Taisai can make the appointment during the month of November.

December 14 - Oharahishiki
Registration at 10:30am, Ceremony at 11:00am This "Great Day of Purifying the Root of Misfortune" is one of the two occasions/year that the Nakatomi-no-O-Harahi is read facing sanpaishya rather the Shinzen...sanpaishya also receive the Harai of "Kiri-Nusa".....on this occasion sanpaishya receive the "Jibarai-no-Gohei" which is capable of absorbing the tookodori (stale/obscuring energy/ki) which is then purified and the Jibarai Gohei is burned by the Shinto Priests .....please attend with your family and friends to prepare for the New Year......for people unable to attend who would like to participate please contact the shrine in order to receive the Gohei (after use it is sent back to the shrine for the Koshinsatatsutakeageshiki {purification/burning ritual}).

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Thank you for visiting the website of Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America

On the left is Reverend Yukiyasu Yamamoto, the 97th Generation Guji (high priest) of Tsubaki-O-Kami-Yashiro. On the right is Rev. Lawrence Koichi Barrish who built Kannagara Jinja and is now Senior Shinto Priest of Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America.

Located on a pristine 25 acre site near Seattle, WA (by car - by bus), Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America is the traditional Jinja Shinto Shrine and the direct North American branch of Tsubaki O Kami Yashiro in Mie Prefecture one of the oldest and most prestigious shrines in Japan with a history of over 2000 years.

Originating in the spontaneous reverence for Nature of Japan’s deep prehistory, Shinto is the Natural Spirituality or the practice of the philosophy of proceeding in harmony with and gratitude to Divine Nature.

The Shinto Shrine is an enriched environment where we can feel deeply refreshed and renewed. Please feel welcome to make the Omairi (visit) to Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America for the Seishiki Sanpai (shrine visit). Also the staff can conduct the Oharae (purification ceremony) as well as many types of Shinto Ceremonies for individuals, families, groups or businesses. At Tsubaki America Shrine there is also the opportunity for Misogi ShuHo (purification in the Mountain Stream) and training in Aiki-do