Friday, October 12, 2012

Honolulu Shinto

A L O H A !

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 " Located in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii,
 the Izumo Taishakyo Mission 
 is one of the few Shinto shrines in 
the United States. 
The wooden A-frame structure was inspired 
by Shimane Prefecture's classical
 Japanese shrine  Taisha Machi
It was designed by architect Hego Fuchino 
and built by master carpenter Ichisaburo Takata.

 Seized by the city at the outset of World War II,
 the shrine did not reopen until 1968. "
   [ Wikipedia ]

Established in 1906, 
 this Sectarian Shinto Shrine
 venerates its primary Kami (Diety)
 as Okuninushi-no-Mikoto.

Bishop Daiya Amano, Chief Minister
Rev. Jun Miyasaka
We have a monthly service on the 10th of every month 
except October at 7:00 P.M. 
In October, we have an annual Autumn (Thanksgiving) 
Omatsuri Festival.
Volunteers are welcome and appreciated.
Facebook Page  [ Link ] updated periodically 
by The Young Shinto Group of Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii

 is an ancient Japanese religion
 that developed around 500 BCE 
 evolving out of indigenous
 nature worship,
 fertility practices,
 local folklore
 notable heroes, and

venerates natural places like 
mountains, springs,
 and groves.

The Kami are the Shinto deities.
They are not the omnipotent gods
 of monotheistic religions.  
Guardian Kami over-see
 particular areas and clans.
Historic figures,
including all but the most
 recent emperors,
are considered Kami, 
as are Abstract creative forces.
 Kami sustain 
and protect the Japanese people
to this day.

or portable Shinto shrine
surmounted by
a phoenix.  

Usually rectangle in shape,
 they often resemble 
miniature buildings,
 as above

 "A single sincere prayer
 moves Heaven. 
You will surely realize 
the divine presence
 through sincere prayer. "

Shinto Saying

Each human life,
 human nature itself,
is sacred to Shinto

Animals are viewed
  as creatures
and messengers
 of the Kami. 
A pair of statues 
(guard dogs) 
face each other
 within the temple grounds.

"Even in one single leaf 
on a tree, 
or in one blade of grass, 
the awesome Deity 
presents itself.

Shinto Saying

Origami, "Paper of the spirits' 
are often seen around Shinto shrines.
Note the white knots
 hanging between the ropes.

 Out of respect for the tree spirit
 that gave its life 
to make the paper, 
origami paper
 is never cut.

I have recieved Shinto blessing
in which the priest waves a pole
from which Origami paper
  over one's head!

" Respect your ancestors.

Do not forget
 the profound goodness
 of the kami, 
through which calamity 
and misfortunes are averted
 and sickness is 
healed. "

Shinto Teachings

" Even the wishes 
of an ant reach to heaven. "

Shinto Saying

Many Shinto followers
 are involved in the "offer a meal movement," 
 in which each individual bypasses a breakfast 
(or another meal) once per month 
and donates the money saved 
to international relief.

YOU can see another 
Honolulu Shinto Shrine 

 [ Here ]

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