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Information on Oharae (Major Purification)

Shinto believes that people unconsciously come into contact with various types of defilement such as uncleanness, matters related to blood in everyday life, and anything related to death. In order to remove these, a ritual called “Oharae” will be conducted on 31st December, and the body and spirit will be purified and refined.


Oharae is held at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on 31st December

*Rituals will be held 3 times. Please choose your convenient time to attend.

*Reception desk will open 30min. before each ritual starts.

*All instruction is provided in Japanese only.


For those who cannot attend the ritual

We provide Hitogata (paper doll) to transfer sins and impurities by rubbing their own bodies.

You can find Hitogata in front of the Main Shrine. Write your name and age on the paper doll (1), and rub your body with it (2). Then, breathe to the paper doll (3) and put it in the box.

Donation box is placed next to paper dolls as well.hitogata.jpg

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