2015 / Mini-Shinto shrine to be set up in Little Tokyo, Jan. 1

Shusse Inari Jinja Little Tokyo

A temporary branch of Shussei Inari Jinja of Izumo will be set up during a Japanese-style New Year’s Day cerebration event in Little Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Shussei Inari Jinja)

In conjunction with the Japanese-style New Year’s celebration event “Oshogatsu in Little Tokyo” by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, Shusse Inari Jinja Shinto shrine from Izumo region of Shimane prefecture will set up a mini Jinja shrine on the Weller Street on January 1, 2015, from 11:15 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.

Saitan Sai, a Shinto ceremony for celebration of the New Year as well as praying for good luck, happiness, and great harvests, will be performed from 11:15 a.m. through 11:45 a.m.

In a temporary mini shrine, ceremonial items such as good luck charms, bamboo rakes, and decorative arrows will be available to purchase. Sales will begin promptly after the Saitan Sai ceremony.

Shusse Inari Jinja is located north of Hiroshima and faces the Sea of Japan. The shrine has been respected by the feudal lords of Matsue and the local people since the 12th century.

The main deity enshrined is Uka-no-mitama-no-Kami, who is the deity of productiveness and business. Also enshrined are Hondawake-no-Mikoto, to whom samurai paid respect, as well as the deity of water and the deity of health.

Shusse Inari Jinja is known for having power for good luck, business and careers, recovery from illnesses, good marriage and good connections, good catches of fish, great harvests and successful studies.

Lately, Shusse Inari Jinja has become popular as a shrine that brings good luck in the lottery.

According to people of Shusse Inari Jinja, Shinto is the basis of Japanese culture and customs. From ancient times, Japanese people believed that deities are existing in all environment, and Jinja (Shinto shrines) are homes of deities.  www.inarijinja.net

For more information about Shusse Inari Jinja and the Little Tokyo event on Jan. 1, email shusseinarijinja@gmail.com