The United Japanese Society of Hawaii held its annual Tsukimi no Kai, or moon viewing celebration, on Oct. 5 at Café Waiola on the campus of the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine in Kaka‘ako. Standing before an altar abundant with offerings of food for the gods and white streamers, the Rev. Akihiro Okada of the Daijingu Temple of Hawaii performed a traditional Shinto tamagushi ceremony in a lobby, where the moonlight shone in through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows. With each wave of his haraegushi purification wand, guests contemplated their connection to the gods and expressed gratitude for their good health and abundance. Several community leaders and representatives of local organizations received a blessing from Rev. Okada. Each of them then placed an evergreen branch on the altar as an offering to the gods.

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