It was wet (PNW way - drizzling, not really pouring) and rather cold - for those who forgot to wear sweaters on March 1st in Seattle. But the ceremony was not disappointing, it was as uplifting as ever. Plus, docent Nat S. tells me that 'when it rains at a Shinto ceremony, it's auspicious.. Water and its cleansing virtues (from surface wash to "solution to pollution is dilution") are tops in Shinto belief system.'
A few pics below: they were all taken on my camera, but some captured by Marie Zahradnik from SJGAC, by now I can't tell who took which pics. But just enjoy! The Unit 86 calendar of events coming soon.
|SJG • 3/1/14 - Rev. Koichi Barrish of Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America |
preparing for the blessing ceremony.
|SJG • 3/1/14 - First sake, then rice goes as offering…|
|SJG • 3/1/14 - the Shinto altar|
|SJG • 3/1/14 - it's Seattle, after all:)|