ANZAN KIGAN - safe birth blessings for the expectant mother
Suitengu Shrine in Kurume, Fukuoka is the main shrine of all Suitengu shrines in Japan, particularly famous as the deity of safe and easy births. Celebrate the process of life, and prepare for the most profound moments of joy through an Anzan Kigan ritual for birth.
HATSUMIYA MAIRI - Baby Blessing
Hatsumiya Mairi is an ancient tradition for those who have been blessed with the miracle of a child. It is a special ritual that allows the new parents to convey appreciation to the kami for the birth of their child and to express heir wishes for the child to become good natured, kind hearted, true of spirit, respectful of all around and lead to their inner strengths to find their own path in life.
Male infants usually visit a shrine on the 31st day after birth and girls on the 33rd day after birth. However, since an infant's immune system is delicate, it is best to consult with your physician as to when your baby is able to venture outside of the home.
SHICHIGOSAN - Seven Five Three Festival
Shichigosan is a traditional event celebrated by 3 and 5 year old boys and 3 and 7 year old girls. During Autumn, children dressed in kimono visit a shrine to report their healthy development and to receive divine blessings. It is said to have originated from the ancient rites of passage for children such as Kamioki or growing of hair, Hakamagi or wearing of hakama for boys and Obitoki or the use of Obi for girls.
The shrine has a special blessing and kimono dressing event to perpetuate this tradition that is spiritually enriching and
culturally exciting. Reservations are accepted from September 1. Please refer to the Shichigosan/Jusan Mairi Page for details and link to the online reservation forms.
TOTOSE NO OIWAI Special blessing for 10 year olds
Special blessing to affirm the emotional, psychological and physical changes challenging 13 year-old boys and girls.
SEIJIN SHIKI- Coming of Age Ceremony
A ceremony to empower one through the many significant changes and transitions of becoming an adult and celebrating new beginnings of discovering your life path.
YAKUDOSHI - Challenging years
Yakudoshi years are said to hold many physical and emotional challenges, especially Dai-yaku (Major Yaku) years which are 42 for men and 33 for women. Crisis is an opportunity for growth and Yakudoshi is a time to look within yourself, recognize and acknowledge the changes, take stock of your life and set new goals.
Yakudoshi blessings are meant to reconnect your spirit within to help you through the challenges and may be performed at either the traditional Japanese age system of kazoe or western system of man.
TOSHI IWAI - Special years
In Shinto, there are many passages of later life and rituals that support and guide people through the spiritual dimensions of those passages.
KANREKI - 61 years of age
Kanreki is observed at the completion of the zodiac cycle and is a joyous occasion which celebrates the beginning of a new cycle and evaluation of the meaning and purpose of one's life.
KOKI - 70 years of age
Koki originated from a famous Chinese poem by Tu Fu which expresses how rare it was for people to live until 70. It is also a time for a new focus in life - to see the value, quality and meaning of our lives even in the face of illness or declining physical or cognitive capacity. It also expresses how we should cherish and embrace this new chapter in our lives.
KIJU - 77 years of age
The kanji characters for Ki means happiness and is written using the characters for seven, ten, seven or 77. Ju means longevity.
BEIJU - 88 years of age
Bei, the Kanji character for rice is written using the characters for eight, ten, eight and is often referred to as the "rice
birthday". Ju means longevity.
SHINZEN KEKKON SHIKI - Weddings
Weddings are the most significant of life's rituals. A Shinto wedding is a simple, yet solemn ceremony filled with cultural
symbolism. (Please inform us prior to the ceremony if you are unable to partake of sake or alcoholic beverages)
Information on Shinto Weddings
Shinto Wedding - order of rituals
The House Blessing is a ceremony that brings positive, clear energy into the home. The home is a very important aspect in our lives - it means security and well-being and is often treated like a living object as it needs to be taken care of and loved to sustain the harmony of the home life.
The House Blessing aims to "feed" the house, show proper treatment and respect to it to create a sense of peace, balance and harmony.
NEW BUSINESS BLESSINGS
New Business Blessings set the foundation of positive energies, harmony, prosperity and success. Starting a new business is very much like the birth of a child, it is the child of your mind and creativity. As a milestone, it is particularly important to clear and bless the business and its location in the beginning to set your original intention and to open itself to infinite new opportunities, new connections and success.
Other blessings include: