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Ko Shinto Australia is a non incorporated association of like minded people wanting to further the pursuit of the Shinto Faith in Australia.

Ko Shinto Australia events for 2015
Saturday the 6th of June 2015 saw the opening and blessing our our Shrine, and the installation of our revered Kami Toshitsu Takamatsu.  Please see the pictures below.  Our Shrine is open the first Saturday of each month.  We would love to see you in July.

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Ko Shinto to meet with the Prime Minister in June 2015
Ko Shinto Australia would like to share our wonderful news. We have been invited to attend breakfast with the Prime Minister as part of the multi-faith meeting to be held in Canberra at Old Parliament House.
Ko Shinto is one of only 20 faiths to be invited to this inaugural event that has been coordinated by the Australian Catholic University.
We are very pleased and honored to have been invited to this event and look forward to engaging with other faith leaders and educating them on Ko Shinto.

Omamori (Shrine good luck charms)

Ko Shinto Australia is waiting on our new order of Omamori to arrive at the Shrine.  People wishing to obtain Omamori can either attend the Shrine, email or phone and we will make arrangements to have them posted to you.

Omamori are priced below $6.00

July 2015
Ko Shinto ascetic Mountain walk
As Ko Shinto Australia is an ascetic form of Shinto each year we undertake certain physical exercises as part of our faith and worship to the Kami.  This walk will be undertaken at the Morialta national park and will take in what is known as the Top walk. The walk will stop along the way to pay worship to trees and Kami and to take food and water. We welcome any person who wishes to attend.

Misogi (Yearly Water Purification Ritual) June 30th
Misogi is a major process for the dedicated practitioner of Ko Shinto and we will provide advanced information of when and where this ritual will take place.
All night Kami ritual TBA
We will be conducting our yearly all night Kami ritual.
This ritual involves the intense practice of Chinkon which are a range of exercises an include calling on the Kami to assist us to better ourselves in aiming to reach the status of a living Kami.
Please be aware this is a long night with no sleep. Any person wishing to attend will be provided with a list of the activities and must provide medical evidence that they are fit to undertake Chinkon
The reward is wonderful within the self.

Closing of the Dojo last Saturday before Christmas each year

A symbolic process to mark the end of the year of training and to give thanks for no injuries to any participants

Opening of the Dojo

This ceremony marks the re opening of the Dojo, where we purify and bless the training hall and call upon the installed Kami of the Dojo to again take there place in the Dojo to watch over our training and protect all participants

Other Festival Days

January 1st

New Year’s Day
We welcome deities at home with offerings and delicacies. This is a Celebration like Christmas Day in western countries. On New Year’s Day the spirit of the deities fills the house.
February 3rd
Setsubun is a bean throwing festival to drive off evil spirits. We shout “oni wa soto” (get out demons) and “fuku wa uchi” (happiness come in) when we throw the beans. The next day of Setsubun is Risshun, the first day of spring, and is the beginning of the year according to the lunar calendar
May 5th
The Tango Festival takes place on Children’s Day (Komodo no Hi) and is a festival for young boys. Families with boys decorate homes by raising huge windsocks in the shapes of carp, miniature samurai armors and warrior dolls, in prayer for their children’s healthy growth.
June 30th
Nagoshi-no-Oharae, the Major Purification Ritual of the summer, held at the mid-point of the year. We conduct purification ceremonies to rid ourselves of impurity.
August 13-16th
Obon, the Festival for Ancestors is one of the two most vitally important rituals of the Japanese year, together with the New Year celebrations. Families’ welcome ancestral spirits, entertain and delight them. Then farewell them until the following year. Held either from July 13 to 16 or from August 13 to 16.
November 15th
Shichi-Go-San, Seven-Five-Three Celebration, is an event for children. Girls at their third and seventh year and boys at their fifth year are dressed in kimonos and visit shrines to receive divine blessing and pray for healthy growth.
December 31st
O’harae, the Grand Purification ritual, is held on the final day of the year. People purify themselves for the removal of all impurity and misfortune so that they can have a fresh start to the New Year.
We also hold other rituals including blessing of houses, Dojo’s, Asking Kami for Good luck etc.

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