Forwarded for Shusse Inari Shrine of America
In Japan, we hold Aki (Autumn) Matsuri on sometime Autumn and show appreciation to spirit which gave/help us harvest, achievement, success and connections in the year. So Please come and show your appreciation and pray for next years to the spirits.
We will hold Aki Matsuri on Sunday,Nov. 10th at South Bay Dance Center in Lomita.
753 (Shichi-go-san) ceremony
In Japan, Shichi-Go-San (753) is celebrated every November 15th.
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*).
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, a 501(c)3 organization, offers blessing services for 753 this year at same day of Aki Matsuri. Ceremonies require an appointment.
As follow the tradition, an omamori (charm), chitose ame (thousand-year candy) and gift will be given for each child who participates in a 753 ceremony.
*Asian reckoning: the year of your birth counts as being one year old. So if you are 20 years old, you are 21 years old in Asian reckoning.
Nadeshiko Kai, Japanese Culture and Traditions Inc. will provide rental and wear Kimono service as well as photo shooting service. Please contact details directly www.nadeshikokai.org
When: Sunday, November 10th
Autumn Matsuri: 10:30am ＊Please join us freely
753 Ceremony: Every 30 mins from 11am to 2:30pm (appointment required)
Where: South Bay Dance Center, Hall E
24827 S. Western Ave., Lomita, CA 90717
We will provide exclusive Shichi-go-san/Aki matsuri Goshuin at that day!
We are looking for volunteers for the event! Please contact us for details.