Saijo Inari

Saijo Inari (Saijo Inari-san Myokyoji Temple)

Go-riyaku Mairi (visiting a temple for divine favor) at En-no-Massha

Worshippers can visit the temple for Ryo Mairi to perform both En-musubi and En-kiri prayers in order to bring about a fortunate relationship.

At Saijo Inari, Buddhist prayers for En-kiri and En-musubi are performed together. This is because the deities of both bad relationships and good relationships have been associated with En-no-Massha, one of the 77 Massha (subordinate temples), since the Edo Period. It is said that praying to deities allows for even greater divine favor as the deities will join forces. Praying to other deities such as those of beauty, popularity, and charm allows an even better relationship to be brought about.

En-no-Massha
  • What is Ryo Mairi? Is it bad to perform only
    En-musubi prayers?

    Although En-musubi and En-kiri are contradictory prayers, it is important to first cleanly sever all potentially obstructive relationships in order to create a long-lasting relationship.
    In order to attract new possibilities by breaking free of stagnant relationships that don’t seem to be working out, we recommend that both En-kiri and En-musubi prayers be performed. This combination is referred to as Ryo Mairi.

  • En-kiri prayers seem rather harsh.

    En-kiri does not bring about misfortune to the other party. For example, even with relationships that may be undesirable, one should be grateful for the growth that the relationship has provided, and severing the relationship may lead to other opportunities.
    As a means of turning over a new leaf and both parties taking the first steps in a new direction, it is important to pray with a positive frame of mind.

    En-kiri prayer token
  • Can En-musubi prayers be meant for business relationships?

    Humans are tied together through various relationships—not only personal relationships between men and women, family, and friends, but also relationships through work and school. Visiting the temple before starting a new job or before beginning studies is believed to provide better outcomes.

    En-musubi ema

En-kiri prayers

Saishoi Ribetsu Tenno

Deity of Separation

Go-Itoku Warding off relationship failure and unfortunate relationships

Since the Edo Period, Saishoi Ribetsu Tenno (Deity of Separation) has been worshipped as one of the deities of the 77 Masha. Since ancient times, this deity has been popularly regarded as a guardian against unfortunate relationships not only between people but also with illness, bad habits, and other evils.

Worshipping order for En-kiri prayers

Saishoi Ribetsu Tenno (Deity of Separation) is enshrined to the left when facing the offering counter.
After passing through the front torii and praying in the proper order, be sure to perform the En-musubi prayer before exiting through the white torii.

Layout of En-no-Massha

How to perform En-kiri prayers

  1. 1

    Purchase an En-kiri prayer token from the reception counter.

    Write in your wish regarding the unfortunate relationship you would like to sever.

    En-kiri prayer token
  2. 2

    Pray to Saishoi Ribetsu Tenno.

    Ask Ribetsu Tenno to separate you from any undesirable relationships.

  3. 3

    Visit the En-kiri Nade Ishi (Stone of Severed Relationships).

    Stand before the stone with both hands holding your En-kiri prayer token and then walk around the stone once clockwise while praying away the unfortunate relationship. After walking once around the stone, split the En-kiri prayer token in two, hold the prayer token pieces in your left hand, and rub the stone with your right hand while making your wish.

  4. 4

    Place your En-kiri prayer token with the others.

    Your offered En-kiri prayer token will be burned in a prayer ritual.

  5. 5

    After severing the unfortunate relationship, begin creation of a good relationship.

    Pray to Saishoi En-biki Tenno (Deity of Forged Relationships).

    Break free of untoward relationships and pull together fortunate relationships through Ryo Mairi combining both En-kiri and En-musubi.

  6. 6

    Exit through the white torii.

    Exit through the white torii located to the left of the En-kiri prayer token corner.

Upon completion of En-kiri prayers

Even More

Pray for divine favors of beauty, popularity, and charm at the 77 Massha.

Between En-no-Massha and the former main hall lies the “Massha Zone” where worshippers will find sub-temples where various deities are enshrined, including the deities for beauty, popularity, and charm. Praying to multiple deities is said to increase the likelihood of creating fortunate relationships.

Even More

Take your prosperity home!

En-kiri Charms

Charms for protection against relationship failure can be purchased from the Reception Office or the Temple Gift Shop (Fortune shop "Yukari").Treat yourself to an even more powerful fortune.

Ryo-en / En-musubi prayers

Saishoi En-biki Tenno

Deity of Forged Relationships

Go-Itoku Creating relationships, consummating fortunate relationships, and improving accomplishments

Since the Edo Period, Saishoi En-biki Tenno (Deity of Forged Relationships) has been worshipped as one of the deities of the 77 Masha.Since ancient times, this deity has been popularly regarded as a bringer of various fortunate relationships not only between men and women but also for work, school, and individual enrichment.

Worshipping order for En-musubi prayers

Saishoi En-biki Tenno (Deity of Forged Relationships) is enshrined to the right when facing the reception counter.
After passing through the front torii and completing the En-kiri prayers, pray in order starting from the back right and then exit through the red torii.

Layout of En-no-Massha

How to perform Ryo-en / En-musubi prayers

  1. 1

    Purchase an En-musubi ema from the reception counter.

    Write your wish on the ema to create a fortunate relationship.

    En-musubi ema
  2. 2

    Sever any unfortunate relationships before creating a good relationship.

    Pray to Saishoi Ribetsu Tenno.

    First, pray to Saishoi Ribetsu Tenno in order to sever any unfortunate relationships you are currently involved in.

  3. 3

    Pray to Saishoi En-biki Tenno.

    To attract good fortune regarding relationships, pray to Saishoi En-biki Tenno to find a fortunate match, to forge a strong relationship, and to find ever-lasting love.

  4. 4

    Visit the Ryo-en Nade Ishi (Stone of Fortunate Relationships)

    Stand before the stone with both hands holding your En-musubi ema, and then walk around the stone once clockwise while praying away the consummating fortunate relationships. After walking once around the stone, hold the ema in your right hand, and rub the stone with your left hand while making your wish.

  5. 5

    Place your En-musubi ema with the others.

    Your offered En-musubi ema will be burned in a prayer ritual.

  6. 6

    Exit through the red torii.

    Exit through the red torii located to the right of the En-musubi ema corner.

Upon completion of Ryo-en / En-musubi prayers

Even More

Pray for blessings of beauty, popularity, and charm at the 77 Massha.

Between En-no-Massha and the former main hall lies the “Massha Zone” where worshippers will find sub-temples where various deities are enshrined, including the deities for beauty, popularity, and charm. Praying to multiple deities is said to increase the likelihood of creating fortunate relationships.

Even More

Take your prosperity home!

Ryo-en mikuji

Receive a Ryo-en mikuji to learn about your relationship fortune and how to act in light of that fortune. Feel free to take your omikuji home with you to cherish, or add it to the other Ryo-en mikuji at the temple.