Established in Stockton, California, has moved to Washington State
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On the 12th day of May, 2001 Rev.Dr.Yukitaka Yamamoto (the 96th High Priest of Tsubaki O Kami Yashiro, Japan) conducted the 14th Anniversary Ceremony of the Stockton Tsubaki America Shrine,the 1st Shinto Shrine to be built in North America.Then on Sunday ,May 13th 2001 (a Taian [lucky day]) the "Senza Sai" or ceremony of moving the Deities was performed by Rev.Dr.Yamamoto....the Goshintai (sacred objects) were placed in a Mitamaya (special purified container) and transported North to Washington State...Rev.Tetsuji Ochiai, Rev.Hiroyuki Yano and Mr. Shunkichi Inokuma transported the sacred objects to Tsubaki Kannagara Jinja arriving on May 17th. Then at Midnight on May 17th the "Chinzasai" (enshrining ceremony) was done by the light of a single candle...after the Misogi (purification ritual) done just before midnight in the mountain river flowing through the shrine grounds, the sacred ceremony was conducted by Rev.Ochiai (Priest of Tsubaki Daihonguu [Main shrine] and former Priest of Tsubaki America) assisted by Rev. Barrish (Tsubaki Kannagara Guji), Rev.Yano (Priest of the Main Shrine now assigned to Tsubaki America) and Mrs. Donni Barrish who performed the Sacred Dance. At that time Tsubaki Kannagara Jinja became Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America. Tsubaki America's new 25 acre home contains the Shyaden (Shrine building) as well as the Tsubaki America Kaikan (guest house) and Shinto Library/Cultural Center....please visit in person and on the internet .......

Rev. K. Barrish

Senior Shinto Priest of Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America

17720 Crooked Mile

Granite Falls WA 98252

tel/fax (360)691-6389

© Tsubaki America 1988. Email Rev. K.Barrish.