Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America

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Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America
Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America 2007a.jpg
LeadershipRev. Koichi Barrish
Location17720 Crooked Mile Road
Granite Falls, Washington 98252
United States
Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America is located in Washington (state)
Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America
Shown within Washington (state)
Geographic coordinates48°4′51.88″N 121°59′33.19″W / 48.0810778°N 121.9925528°W / 48.0810778; -121.9925528Coordinates: 48°4′51.88″N 121°59′33.19″W / 48.0810778°N 121.9925528°W / 48.0810778; -121.9925528
Date established1987
Shinto torii icon vermillion.svg Glossary of Shinto

Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America, also sometimes known as Tsubaki America Jinja or in Japanese as amerika tsubaki ōkamiyashiro (アメリカ椿大神社), is the first Shinto shrine built in the mainland United States after World War II. It was erected in 1987 in Stockton, California, and moved to its current location in Granite Falls, Washington, in 2001.[1]

Gosaijin (enshrined Kami/Spirits) of Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America are Sarutahiko-no-Ōkami, ancestor of all earthly Kami and Kami of progressing positively in harmony with Divine Nature; and his wife Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto, Kami of arts and entertainment, harmony, meditation and joy. Also enshrined are Amaterasu Ōmikami (Kami of the Sun), Ugamitama-no-Ōkami (Kami of foodstuffs and things to sustain human life/Oinarisama), America Kokudo Kunitama-no-Kami (protector of the North America Continent) and Ama-no-Murakumo-Kuki-Samuhara-Ryu-O (Kami of Aikido).

Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America is a branch of Tsubaki Ōkami Yashiro, one of the oldest and most notable shrines in Japan, which celebrated its 2000th anniversary in 1997.

The current Guji (Head Priest) is Rev. Koichi Barrish, the second non-Japanese priest in Shinto history.

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  1. ^ History, Tsubaki Shrine

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