VIEW: Tsubaki Grand Shrine – Granite Falls, WA
The Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America is probably the most peaceful place you will find in Snohomish County, and that is coming from someone who spends a lot of time in the great outdoors, off the grid. Upon arriving you are greeted by a Temizuya basin to wash your hands and mouth as part of cleansing ritual (don’t worry there are instructions alongside it). Once done, you may wonder the amazing grounds, taking in the shrine itself, the swiftly moving river, various statues, a short trail, and purified spaces marked by paper spirals. These spirals are origami helices and represent the spiral movement of energy. You will also find paper slips, known as Omikuji (fortune telling strips), tied to the branches of trees through the shrine grounds. By tying a piece of paper around a tree’s branch, it is believed that good fortune will come to you, or bad fortune can be averted.
The shrine is located at 17720 Crooked Mile Road in Granite Falls (along Hwy 92, before entering the city), and is open every day from 10AM-4PM. Food, drinks, kids, and pets should not be brought as the shrine is a place of worship and tranquility for those living, working, and visiting there.
I have to give a huge thank you to a very special friend who took the time to show me the shrine and give me a few moments of peace and quite in an otherwise busy and rushed life. She has chosen to remain anonymous, but she she knows who she is.