Matsuri / Festivals

Upcoming Event

January 14, 2018 - Koshinsatsutakiageshiki- purification and burning of used amulets

Registration is at 10:30 AM, ceremony will begin from 11:00. Renewal is central to Shinto thinking. Things received from the Shinto Shrine such and Ofuda (Symbols of OKami) and Omamori (amulets imbued with protective power of OKami) are generally renewed after one year. As the Ofuda and Omamori of the previous year have worked hard to bring OKami’s Ki and protection to us and we are very grateful and don't merely discard them at the end of their working lives…we return them to the Jinja where they can be purified completely and then burned. The ceremony to purify the energy of the previous year feels so renewing and we can enjoy the fresh feeling from new Ofuda, Gofu and Omamori.

Thank you for visiting the website of Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America.


Located on a pristine 25 acre site near Seattle, WA (by car - by bus), Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America is the traditional Jinja Shinto Shrine and the direct North American branch of Tsubaki O Kami Yashiro in Mie Prefecture one of the oldest and most prestigious shrines in Japan with a history of over 2000 years.

Originating in Japan's prehistory, Shinto is the Natural Spirituality or the practice of the philosophy of proceeding in harmony with and gratitude to Divine Nature.

The Shinto Shrine is an enriched environment where we can feel deeply refreshed and renewed. Please feel welcome to make the Omairi (visit) to Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America for the Seishiki Sanpai (shrine visit). Also the staff can conduct the Oharae (purification ceremony) as well as many types of Shinto Ceremonies for individuals, families, groups or businesses. At Tsubaki America Shrine there is also the opportunity for Misogi ShuHo (purification in the Mountain Stream) and training in Aiki-do

On the right is Reverend Yukiyasu Yamamoto, the 97th Generation Guji (high priest) of Tsubaki-O-Kami-Yashiro. On the left is Rev. Lawrence Koichi Barrish who built Kannagara Jinja and is now Senior Shinto Priest of Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America.