Yuzu Inari Sonten

Japanese Temple in Tokyo | Yuzu Inari Sonten


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Yuzu Inari Sonten


Yuzu Inari enshrines the deity Sonten-sama, “Namu Nyorai Hosho Sonten,” a deity associated with wealth. It is said that if you visit the temple with sincerity, you will be granted a blessing of gold, silver, and treasures.

There are many small yellow envelopes labeled “Yuzu-kin” on a sanbo (small wooden stand) in the hall, and you can take one of them home with you as a charm. Inside, there is a 10-yen coin. It is customary to return it one year after you took it or when the wish has been fulfilled, along with a token of gratitude.

“Yuzu-kin” on a sanbo (small wooden stand) on the front part of the hall.

In fact, people keep coming to visit the temple, one after another. They take out the “Yuzu-kin” (yellow envelope) from their wallets, return it to the box at the “Yuzu-kin return place,” and take the next “Yuzu-kin” again.

It is said that if you put the “Yuzu-kin” in your wallet and pray, you will never be troubled with money, and your good fortune will come true. So, I also took it and put it in my wallet to pray for good fortune.

This year was a big milestone for me. There were many hardships, but I managed to overcome them and accomplish the tasks assigned to me. I am relieved to be able to greet the New Year with a sense of peace and calm.

This may be the blessing of Sonten-sama. I will visit Yuzu Inari next year to return the “Yuzu-kin” with a token of my gratitude.