History

Brightwoods Spiritual Centre was dedicated in 2003 through a ceremony conducted by Guji Yukiyasu Yamamoto, the 97th Chief Priest of Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Japan, and by Rev. Ann Evans, Shasho of Brightwoods Spiritual Centre.

Tsubaki Grand Shrine, near Suzuka, Japan, was founded over 2000 years ago. It is the vision of Guji Yamamaoto that since Shinto’s truths are universal and thus may enrich the life experiences of people throughout the world. In 1987, Guji Yamamoto established Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America which established a new sharing a spirituality between East and West.

In 2003, Brightwoods Spiritual Centre was completed in Canada on Salt Spring Island, furthering expanding the opportunity for North Americans to learn and experience the brightness of Shinto practice.