Dear Koyasan Temple Members,

This year’s Hoshi Matsuri Prayer Service and Mamemaki (Bean Tossing) Ritual will be held at the Temple on Sunday, February 19, 2023, at
1:30 pm. The Service will also be broadcast live via Zoom.

During the Hoshi Matsuri (Star Festival) Prayer Service, we pray to the stars for a year of happiness and good fortune and to ward off misfortune. The stars represent the moon, sun, planets, comets, and constellations whose movements according to Japanese astrology influences our lives and determines our fortune.

The Mamemaki Ritual, which will be held following the service, is a traditional Japanese ritual to cleanse and drive away the demons of misfortune by throwing fuku mame (good luck beans) and inviting in good fortune by chanting “Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi ” (demons of misfortune out, good fortune in).

Based on the 2023 lunar year, which begins on February 4, 2023, and ends on February 3, 2024, anyone born on February 4th and after can find their fortune for the year by using their birth year to locate their star.

However, a person born on January 1st to February 3rd is considered to have been born the year before and should use the previous year’s birth year to locate their star. For example, a person born on February 3, 2002 should use the 2001 birth year to find his / her star.

Attached are the Hoshi Matsuri application form in PDF. The Yakuyoke Hoshi Matsuri Chart or Star Chart is also attached to help find your star.
Download >>> Hoshi Matsuri application form

Download >>> Yakuyoke Hoshi Matsuri Chart or Star Chart PDF

To request a Hoshi Matsuri omamori, please complete the Hoshi Matsuri application form and mail to NC Koyasan Temple / Hoshi Matsuri, 1400 U Street, Sacramento, CA 95818 or email: The Hoshi Matsuri application form is are also posted on the Temple’s website.

Donations per omamori are $10.00 each for members and $15.00 for nonmembers.
Submit your application form and check payable to “NC Koyasan Temple/Hoshi Matsuri).” Electronic donations may also be made by PayPal or Venmo through the Temple’s website at

To allow ample time for Reverend Mimatsu to prepare the Hoshi Matsuri omamori, please submit your application form(s) and donations no later than Saturday, February 11, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact the Temple at (916) 444-0111.

Thank you for your continuing support. We pray that you will have a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous year in 2023.

Northern California Koyasan Temple

Please contact the Temple at or 916.444.0111 for more information.