Nen-Chu-Gyo-Ji/Schedule

We participate in Matsuri (Festivals) to enjoy blessings of Okami
Nen-chu-gyo-ji (year-around-discipline-rituals) means the yearly cycle of events at the Shinto Shrine. These seasonal observances make up the cycle of activities for the Shrine Staff and members and friends from year to year. The central events are the Taisai or great festivals of the shrine. The yearly cycle follows a rhythm from remote antiquity into the future and reflects gratitude and connection to Great Nature as well as a connecting us to a time when spiritual activity, productive activity, recreation and family life were inseperable.

December 31, 2015 and January 1 - 3, 2016 Hatsumode 2016

First shrine visit of New Year
Every one can receive Okami's Blessing /
good luck for new year.

Dec.31,2015 (Thu)
Open gate- 11:30pm-0:30am of Jan.01
SAITANSAI (first ceremony of new year ) at midnight

Jan.01 (Fri) ,2016
Open gate – 9:30am-5pm
Oharae(ceremony) Every 45min.
10:30, 11:15, 12:00, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3:00, 3:45

Jan.02(Sat) & 03 ( Sun) , 2016
Open gate – 10am-4pm
Oharae(ceremony) Every hour. 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00

  1. We will close gate for security except Open gate time. Shrine ground will be open when gate is open.
    Thank you for your cooperation.
  2. No pets allowed on the shrine ground. Please keep them in your car.
Dec. 31 (Thu) - Jan. 03 (Sun)
You can enjoy
1) Free hot tea on the shrine ground
2) Purchase omamori (amulet), ofuda, hamaya, omikuji etc….
on the shrine ground without receiving ceremony.

1st 800 people who receive ceremony will be given "Good luck candy"

Please prepare ceremony fee, minimum $10.00 per person. (Including babies.)

January 17 - Koshinsatsutakiageshiki- purification and burning of used amulets

Registration is at 10:30 AM, ceremony will begin from 11:00. Renewal is central to Shinto thinking. Things received from the Shinto Shrine such and Ofuda (Symbols of OKami) and Omamori (amulets imbued with protective power of OKami) are generally renewed after one year. As the Ofuda and Omamori of the previous year have worked hard to bring OKami’s Ki and protection to us and we are very grateful and don't merely discard them at the end of their working lives…we return them to the Jinja where they can be purified completely and then burned. The ceremony to purify the energy of the previous year feels so renewing and we can enjoy the fresh feeling from new Ofuda, Gofu and Omamori.

February 7 - Setsubunnsai- Season division, astrological opening of new year

Registration at 10:30AM. Ceremony begins at 11:00 AM Setsubun-sai, commonly known as"O-mame-maki"( the bean throwing festival) is a very popular New Years ritual related to the old calendar. The literal meaning of Setsubun is "season division",coming at the end of "Kan"(coldest season)....Kan lasts 30 days and includes Daikan (major cold) and Shokan (minor cold) . With the season finale comes Setsubun and the feeling of the beginning of Spring and the agricultural year. The ceremony begins at Tsubaki America Shrine with a ritual purification,offerings and prayers of gratitude to OKami led by the Shinto Priest. Then participants move outside the shrine and the Tsubaki Kannagara Guuji shoots 3 hama-ya (misfortune dispelling arrows) to purify the past/present/future. Then adults and children attending throw the "Daizu" (soybeans) while shouting "Fuku wa uchi, Oni wa soto" (Good luck in...bad luck out).After the celebrants scatter the soybeans they follow an age-old tradition and eat toasted soybeans....each one eating as many beans as his or her own age plus one more....the extra bean stands for the new year beginning. Special note of this years ceremony is that we are anticipating the arrival of 3 Oni to Shrine Grounds....children and adults can chase away these Oni by Mamemaki...

February 28 - Yakuyoke Taisai- critical age purification ceremony

Registration is at 10:30 AM, ceremony will begin from 11:00. MISFORTUNE PURIFICATION...a ceremony to purify or dispel misfortune...according to the "Kigaku" (or Shinto divination method) the ages of 25 and 42 for men and 19 and 33 for women are considered "Yakudoshi"or dangerous year...the years 42 for men and 33 for women are considered "Taiyaku"or grand climactic years with the preceding year "Maeyaku" and the following year :Atoyaku"requiring a special ceremony also.THESE AGES ARE ACCORDING TO KAZOEDOSHI.....(counting system where one is 1 year old at birth) . <strong>Ceremony fee is from $30 (and omamori included)

2016年 厄年の方
Critical Year in 2016
男性
Male
女性
Female
生まれ年
Year of Birth
2000
1992
1976
1975
1974
満 年齢
Age
16
24
40 (前厄)
41 (本厄)
42 (後厄)
生まれ年
Year of Birth
2004
1998
1985
1984
1983
満年齢
Age
12
18
31 (前厄)
32 (本厄)
33 (後厄)

April 10 - Shyunki Taisai / Great Spring Ceremony

Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America will conduct the SHYUNKI TAISAI (Great Spring Ceremony) on April 10th from 11:00 AM (registration will be from 10:30). This sacred Shinto ceremony is one of the two times each year when the doors of the inner shrine are opened. Then the special Hatsuhoryo/Kensen (food offerings) including Ocha are offered to Okami (spirit of progress in harmony with Nature). Then the Shinto Priest offers prayers for everyone's health, happiness, safety, prosperity and safe passage through these unsettled times. Then Kamisama and guests can enjoy the musical gift of Kin-ie Shamisen offered by Mr. Jon Anderson. Please celebrate the Spring Season at Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America.

April 22, 23 and 24 - Kannagara Aiki Taisai

Annual Aikido Gasshuku featuring the Ireisai (Memorial for Mitama of Aiki Founder), Aikido Training, Misogi Shuho and Shinto Meditation.

Friday April 22
Registration and open Mat: 5:00 to 6:00 PM
Aiki Keiko and Yuuhai: 6:00 to 8:30
Group dinner in Granite Falls

Saturday April 23
Misogi Shuho: 8:00 am
Chouhai (morning ceremony): 9:00
Chinkonsai (Shinto active meditation) 9:30
Aiki Keiko: 10:00 to 1:00
IREISAI (Memorial for Mitama of O’Sensei: AIKO-NO-MIKOTO) 1:15
Naorae (potluck party) at Tsubaki House: 6:00 to 10:00

Sunday April 24
Misogi Shuho 8:30
Chouhai 9:30
Chinkonsai 10:00
Asagohan (Japanese breakfast [Mrs. Chika Barrish will prepare) at Kaikan 10:30 to 11:00
Aiki Keiko: 11:00 to 1:30

DURING THE MONTH OF MAY - Kodomo-no-O-Harae/Prayer for Children's safe growth & protection

During the month (by appointment) of May the Special Children's Oharae will be offered. Children receiving this prayer will also receive Omamori (amulet)

June 26 - Nagoshi-no-Oharahi Taisai / Great mid year purification

Great Mid Year Ceremony. registration from 10:30 AM, Taisai from 11:00 This is one of the most enjoyable and interesting ceremonies and important days of Great Purification during the yearly cycle...during this ceremony the Oharahi-no-Kotoba (the most important words of Shinto) is read facing the sanpaisa instead of Shinzen and participants receive the Kirinusa Oharae (Oharahi Shinji)....this Taisai employs the sacred instruments of Katashiro (paper effigy/hitogata) and Chi-no-Wa (reed hoop) to purify any unfortunate Ki from first 1/2 of the year and then to receive fresh Ki/ power of Nature to successfully pass through the second 1/2 of the year...after the Chi-no-Wa Shinji participants can see the purified Katashiro go into the Mountain River (Katashiro Shinji).

October 16 - Shyuuki Taisai / Great Fall Festival

Great Fall Ceremony. Reception is from 10:30 AM, Ceremony at 11:00 AM. One of the 2 times each year that the doors of the Honden (inner shrine) are opened and special food including new rice is offered to OKami. Also Silk Strings Koto Ensemble will offer the concert to OKami that we can all enjoy as well.

November 13 - 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 10 - Replacing All Shimenawa and Shide

 

December 11 - 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}). JIBARAI-NO-GOHEI: directions for use are: please purify the impurities (tsumi/kegare) of the Year with this Gohei (1 per family) each Family member hold the wooden stick of the Gohei and swing left/right/left around the shoulders (one by one) if you do not attend O-HARAHI-SHIKI please bring the Gohei back to the shrine during your Hatsumode...it will then be purified and burned in Mid January during KOSHINSATSUTAKEAGESHIKI.

December 31, 2015 and January 1 - 3, 2016 Hatsumode 2016

First shrine visit of New Year
Every one can receive Okami's Blessing /
good luck for new year.

Dec.31,2015 (Thu)
Open gate- 11:30pm-0:30am of Jan.01
SAITANSAI (first ceremony of new year ) at midnight

Jan.01 (Fri) ,2016
Open gate – 9:30am-5pm
Oharae(ceremony) Every 45min.
10:30, 11:15, 12:00, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3:00, 3:45

Jan.02(Sat) & 03 ( Sun) , 2016
Open gate – 10am-4pm
Oharae(ceremony) Every hour. 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00

  1. We will close gate for security except Open gate time. Shrine ground will be open when gate is open.
    Thank you for your cooperation.
  2. No pets allowed on the shrine ground. Please keep them in your car.
Dec. 31 (Thu) - Jan. 03 (Sun)
You can enjoy
1) Free hot tea on the shrine ground
2) Purchase omamori (amulet), ofuda, hamaya, omikuji etc….
on the shrine ground without receiving ceremony.

1st 800 people who receive ceremony will be given "Good luck candy"

Please prepare ceremony fee, minimum $10.00 per person. (Including babies.)

January 17 - Koshinsatsutakiageshiki- purification and burning of used amulets

Registration is at 10:30 AM, ceremony will begin from 11:00. Renewal is central to Shinto thinking. Things received from the Shinto Shrine such and Ofuda (Symbols of OKami) and Omamori (amulets imbued with protective power of OKami) are generally renewed after one year. As the Ofuda and Omamori of the previous year have worked hard to bring OKami’s Ki and protection to us and we are very grateful and don't merely discard them at the end of their working lives…we return them to the Jinja where they can be purified completely and then burned. The ceremony to purify the energy of the previous year feels so renewing and we can enjoy the fresh feeling from new Ofuda, Gofu and Omamori.

February 7 - Setsubunnsai- Season division, astrological opening of new year

Registration at 10:30AM. Ceremony begins at 11:00 AM Setsubun-sai, commonly known as"O-mame-maki"( the bean throwing festival) is a very popular New Years ritual related to the old calendar. The literal meaning of Setsubun is "season division",coming at the end of "Kan"(coldest season)....Kan lasts 30 days and includes Daikan (major cold) and Shokan (minor cold) . With the season finale comes Setsubun and the feeling of the beginning of Spring and the agricultural year. The ceremony begins at Tsubaki America Shrine with a ritual purification,offerings and prayers of gratitude to OKami led by the Shinto Priest. Then participants move outside the shrine and the Tsubaki Kannagara Guuji shoots 3 hama-ya (misfortune dispelling arrows) to purify the past/present/future. Then adults and children attending throw the "Daizu" (soybeans) while shouting "Fuku wa uchi, Oni wa soto" (Good luck in...bad luck out).After the celebrants scatter the soybeans they follow an age-old tradition and eat toasted soybeans....each one eating as many beans as his or her own age plus one more....the extra bean stands for the new year beginning. Special note of this years ceremony is that we are anticipating the arrival of 3 Oni to Shrine Grounds....children and adults can chase away these Oni by Mamemaki...

February 28 - Yakuyoke Taisai- critical age purification ceremony

Registration is at 10:30 AM, ceremony will begin from 11:00. MISFORTUNE PURIFICATION...a ceremony to purify or dispel misfortune...according to the "Kigaku" (or Shinto divination method) the ages of 25 and 42 for men and 19 and 33 for women are considered "Yakudoshi"or dangerous year...the years 42 for men and 33 for women are considered "Taiyaku"or grand climactic years with the preceding year "Maeyaku" and the following year :Atoyaku"requiring a special ceremony also.THESE AGES ARE ACCORDING TO KAZOEDOSHI.....(counting system where one is 1 year old at birth) . <strong>Ceremony fee is from $30 (and omamori included)

2016年 厄年の方
Critical Year in 2016
男性
Male
女性
Female
生まれ年
Year of Birth
2000
1992
1976
1975
1974
満 年齢
Age
16
24
40 (前厄)
41 (本厄)
42 (後厄)
生まれ年
Year of Birth
2004
1998
1985
1984
1983
満年齢
Age
12
18
31 (前厄)
32 (本厄)
33 (後厄)

April 10 - Shyunki Taisai / Great Spring Ceremony

Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America will conduct the SHYUNKI TAISAI (Great Spring Ceremony) on April 10th from 11:00 AM (registration will be from 10:30). This sacred Shinto ceremony is one of the two times each year when the doors of the inner shrine are opened. Then the special Hatsuhoryo/Kensen (food offerings) including Ocha are offered to Okami (spirit of progress in harmony with Nature). Then the Shinto Priest offers prayers for everyone's health, happiness, safety, prosperity and safe passage through these unsettled times. Then Kamisama and guests can enjoy the musical gift of Kin-ie Shamisen offered by Mr. Jon Anderson. Please celebrate the Spring Season at Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America.

April 22, 23 and 24 - Kannagara Aiki Taisai

Annual Aikido Gasshuku featuring the Ireisai (Memorial for Mitama of Aiki Founder), Aikido Training, Misogi Shuho and Shinto Meditation.

Friday April 22
Registration and open Mat: 5:00 to 6:00 PM
Aiki Keiko and Yuuhai: 6:00 to 8:30
Group dinner in Granite Falls

Saturday April 23
Misogi Shuho: 8:00 am
Chouhai (morning ceremony): 9:00
Chinkonsai (Shinto active meditation) 9:30
Aiki Keiko: 10:00 to 1:00
IREISAI (Memorial for Mitama of O’Sensei: AIKO-NO-MIKOTO) 1:15
Naorae (potluck party) at Tsubaki House: 6:00 to 10:00

Sunday April 24
Misogi Shuho 8:30
Chouhai 9:30
Chinkonsai 10:00
Asagohan (Japanese breakfast [Mrs. Chika Barrish will prepare) at Kaikan 10:30 to 11:00
Aiki Keiko: 11:00 to 1:30

DURING THE MONTH OF MAY - Kodomo-no-O-Harae/Prayer for Children's safe growth & protection

During the month (by appointment) of May the Special Children's Oharae will be offered. Children receiving this prayer will also receive Omamori (amulet)

June 26 - Nagoshi-no-Oharahi Taisai / Great mid year purification

Great Mid Year Ceremony. registration from 10:30 AM, Taisai from 11:00 This is one of the most enjoyable and interesting ceremonies and important days of Great Purification during the yearly cycle...during this ceremony the Oharahi-no-Kotoba (the most important words of Shinto) is read facing the sanpaisa instead of Shinzen and participants receive the Kirinusa Oharae (Oharahi Shinji)....this Taisai employs the sacred instruments of Katashiro (paper effigy/hitogata) and Chi-no-Wa (reed hoop) to purify any unfortunate Ki from first 1/2 of the year and then to receive fresh Ki/ power of Nature to successfully pass through the second 1/2 of the year...after the Chi-no-Wa Shinji participants can see the purified Katashiro go into the Mountain River (Katashiro Shinji).

 

October 16 - Shyuuki Taisai / Great Fall Festival

Great Fall Ceremony. Reception is from 10:30 AM, Ceremony at 11:00 AM. One of the 2 times each year that the doors of the Honden (inner shrine) are opened and special food including new rice is offered to OKami. Also Silk Strings Koto Ensemble will offer the concert to OKami that we can all enjoy as well.

November 13 - 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 10, 2016 - Replacing All Shimenawa and Shide

 

December 11, 2016 - 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}). JIBARAI-NO-GOHEI: directions for use are: please purify the impurities (tsumi/kegare) of the Year with this Gohei (1 per family) each Family member hold the wooden stick of the Gohei and swing left/right/left around the shoulders (one by one) if you do not attend O-HARAHI-SHIKI please bring the Gohei back to the shrine during your Hatsumode...it will then be purified and burned in Mid January during KOSHINSATSUTAKEAGESHIKI.

December 31, 2016 and January 1 - 2, 2017 Hatsumode 2017

First shrine visit of New Year
Every one can receive Okami's Blessing /
good luck for new year.

Dec.31,2016 (Sat)
Open gate- 11:30pm-0:30am of Jan.01
SAITANSAI (first ceremony of new year ) at midnight

Jan.01 (Sun) ,2017
Open gate – 9:30am-5pm
Oharae(ceremony) Every 45min.
10:30, 11:15, 12:00, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3:00, 3:45

Jan.02(Mon) , 2017
Open gate – 10am-4pm
Oharae(ceremony) Every hour. 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00

  1. We will close gate for security except Open gate time. Shrine ground will be open when gate is open.
    Thank you for your cooperation.
  2. No pets allowed on the shrine ground. Please keep them in your car.
Dec. 31 (Sat) - Jan. 02 (Mon)
You can enjoy
1) Free hot tea on the shrine ground
2) Purchase omamori (amulet), ofuda, hamaya, omikuji etc….
on the shrine ground without receiving ceremony.

1st 800 people who receive ceremony will be given "Good luck candy"

Please prepare ceremony fee, minimum $10.00 per person. (Including babies.)

January 15, 2017 - Koshinsatsutakiageshiki- purification and burning of used amulets

Registration is at 10:30 AM, ceremony will begin from 11:00. Renewal is central to Shinto thinking. Things received from the Shinto Shrine such and Ofuda (Symbols of OKami) and Omamori (amulets imbued with protective power of OKami) are generally renewed after one year. As the Ofuda and Omamori of the previous year have worked hard to bring OKami’s Ki and protection to us and we are very grateful and don't merely discard them at the end of their working lives…we return them to the Jinja where they can be purified completely and then burned. The ceremony to purify the energy of the previous year feels so renewing and we can enjoy the fresh feeling from new Ofuda, Gofu and Omamori.

February 5, 2017 - Setsubunnsai- Season division, astrological opening of new year

Registration at 10:30AM. Ceremony begins at 11:00 AM Setsubun-sai, commonly known as"O-mame-maki"( the bean throwing festival) is a very popular New Years ritual related to the old calendar. The literal meaning of Setsubun is "season division",coming at the end of "Kan"(coldest season)....Kan lasts 30 days and includes Daikan (major cold) and Shokan (minor cold) . With the season finale comes Setsubun and the feeling of the beginning of Spring and the agricultural year. The ceremony begins at Tsubaki America Shrine with a ritual purification,offerings and prayers of gratitude to OKami led by the Shinto Priest. Then participants move outside the shrine and the Tsubaki Kannagara Guuji shoots 3 hama-ya (misfortune dispelling arrows) to purify the past/present/future. Then adults and children attending throw the "Daizu" (soybeans) while shouting "Fuku wa uchi, Oni wa soto" (Good luck in...bad luck out).After the celebrants scatter the soybeans they follow an age-old tradition and eat toasted soybeans....each one eating as many beans as his or her own age plus one more....the extra bean stands for the new year beginning. Special note of this years ceremony is that we are anticipating the arrival of 3 Oni to Shrine Grounds....children and adults can chase away these Oni by Mamemaki...

February 26, 2017 - Yakuyoke Taisai- critical age purification ceremony

Registration is at 10:30 AM, ceremony will begin from 11:00. MISFORTUNE PURIFICATION...a ceremony to purify or dispel misfortune...according to the "Kigaku" (or Shinto divination method) the ages of 25 and 42 for men and 19 and 33 for women are considered "Yakudoshi"or dangerous year...the years 42 for men and 33 for women are considered "Taiyaku"or grand climactic years with the preceding year "Maeyaku" and the following year :Atoyaku"requiring a special ceremony also.THESE AGES ARE ACCORDING TO KAZOEDOSHI.....(counting system where one is 1 year old at birth) . <strong>Ceremony fee is from $30 (and omamori included)

2017年 厄年の方
Critical Year in 2017
男性
Male
女性
Female
生まれ年
Year of Birth
2001
1993
1977
1976
1975
満 年齢
Age
16
24
40 (前厄)
41 (本厄)
42 (後厄)
生まれ年
Year of Birth
2005
1999
1986
1985
1984
満年齢
Age
12
18
31 (前厄)
32 (本厄)
33 (後厄)

April 9, 2017 - Shyunki Taisai / Great Spring Ceremony

Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America will conduct the SHYUNKI TAISAI (Great Spring Ceremony) on April 10th from 11:00 AM (registration will be from 10:30). This sacred Shinto ceremony is one of the two times each year when the doors of the inner shrine are opened. Then the special Hatsuhoryo/Kensen (food offerings) including Ocha are offered to Okami (spirit of progress in harmony with Nature). Then the Shinto Priest offers prayers for everyone's health, happiness, safety, prosperity and safe passage through these unsettled times. Then Kamisama and guests can enjoy the musical gift of Kin-ie Shamisen offered by Mr. Jon Anderson. Please celebrate the Spring Season at Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America.

April 28, 29 and 30, 2017 - Kannagara Aiki Taisai

Annual Aikido Gasshuku featuring the Ireisai (Memorial for Mitama of Aiki Founder), Aikido Training, Misogi Shuho and Shinto Meditation.

Friday April 28
Registration and open Mat: 5:00 to 6:00 PM
Aiki Keiko and Yuuhai: 6:00 to 8:30
Group dinner in Granite Falls

Saturday April 29
Misogi Shuho: 8:00 am
Chouhai (morning ceremony): 9:00
Chinkonsai (Shinto active meditation) 9:30
Aiki Keiko: 10:00 to 1:00
IREISAI (Memorial for Mitama of O’Sensei: AIKO-NO-MIKOTO) 1:15
Naorae (potluck party) at Tsubaki House: 6:00 to 10:00

Sunday April 30
Misogi Shuho 8:30
Chouhai 9:30
Chinkonsai 10:00
Asagohan (Japanese breakfast [Mrs. Chika Barrish will prepare) at Kaikan 10:30 to 11:00
Aiki Keiko: 11:00 to 1:30

DURING THE MONTH OF MAY - Kodomo-no-O-Harae/Prayer for Children's safe growth & protection

During the month (by appointment) of May the Special Children's Oharae will be offered. Children receiving this prayer will also receive Omamori (amulet)

June 25, 2017 - Nagoshi-no-Oharahi Taisai / Great mid year purification

Great Mid Year Ceremony. registration from 10:30 AM, Taisai from 11:00 This is one of the most enjoyable and interesting ceremonies and important days of Great Purification during the yearly cycle...during this ceremony the Oharahi-no-Kotoba (the most important words of Shinto) is read facing the sanpaisa instead of Shinzen and participants receive the Kirinusa Oharae (Oharahi Shinji)....this Taisai employs the sacred instruments of Katashiro (paper effigy/hitogata) and Chi-no-Wa (reed hoop) to purify any unfortunate Ki from first 1/2 of the year and then to receive fresh Ki/ power of Nature to successfully pass through the second 1/2 of the year...after the Chi-no-Wa Shinji participants can see the purified Katashiro go into the Mountain River (Katashiro Shinji).

October 15, 2017 - Shyuuki Taisai / Great Fall Festival

Great Fall Ceremony. Reception is from 10:30 AM, Ceremony at 11:00 AM. One of the 2 times each year that the doors of the Honden (inner shrine) are opened and special food including new rice is offered to OKami. Also Silk Strings Koto Ensemble will offer the concert to OKami that we can all enjoy as well.

November 12, 2017 - 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 9, 2017 - Replacing All Shimenawa and Shide

 

December 10, 2017- 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}). JIBARAI-NO-GOHEI: directions for use are: please purify the impurities (tsumi/kegare) of the Year with this Gohei (1 per family) each Family member hold the wooden stick of the Gohei and swing left/right/left around the shoulders (one by one) if you do not attend O-HARAHI-SHIKI please bring the Gohei back to the shrine during your Hatsumode...it will then be purified and burned in Mid January during KOSHINSATSUTAKEAGESHIKI.