Aloha & Welcome Back to Hawaii
It is time again for the ancient Japanese ritual,
in which people pass through a ring
of chigaya grass
to receive a blessing of good health.
Dating from Nara period (710-749 CE)
the blessing initiates a process of renewal & revitalization, invoking increased flow
of Universal Life Energy,
strengthening us for the second half of the year
(New Year is the prime time for blessings!)
A Shinto Shrine grew in old Honolulu,
outside the city herself:
Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu.
In time, a modern city grew up around her.
A major highway passes very near.
As with everything else here in Hawaii,
we have put our own spin on Chinowa.
Here, it is an occasion to bless our
and lucky Ti leaves
are used in place of chigaya.
"The nature of God is a circle
of which the center is everywhere
and the circumference is
We can judge the heart of a man
by his treatment of animals."
“Men are slower
to recognize blessings
“Prayers go up
and blessings come down”
"If having a soul means
being able to feel love and loyalty
then animals are better off
than a lot of humans"
I got my
Here's sharing it
with YOU- warmly, cloudia