Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America
|Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America|
|Leadership||Rev. Koichi Barrish|
|Location||17720 Crooked Mile Road|
Granite Falls, Washington 98252
|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.
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.
- History, Tsubaki Shrine
- Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America
- Tsubaki Ōkami Yashiro in Mie Prefecture, Japan
- Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America Members Mailing List
- Online resources for Shinto at The Pluralism Project
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