Celebrate ‘hatsumode’

Quoting the official invitation:


You are cordially invited to attend the celebration of Hatsumode (the Seasonal First Visit to the Shrine) on New Year’s Day 2013 January 1st.

Hotel Okura Amsterdam
Otter and Esperance Room
Ferdinand Bolstraat 333
16:00- 17:00

Free entrance
Donations appreciated

15:30 Registration of guests
16:00 Shinto ceremony: Hatsumode
17:00 Naorai (congratulatory toast with sake)
18:00 End

RSVP: Please reply before December 24th to confirm your attendance. Send to office@shinto.nl. After December 24th you will receive a confirmation.

Hatsumode is the seasonal first visit to the shrine in order to receive the pure blessings of nature. During New Year’s Day the guests of Hotel Okura may visit a special shrine that is temporarily constructed (see picture below). Due to the gracious courtesy of Hotel Okura we can celebrate the Grand New Year ceremony for the 8th time. Since 8 is an auspicious number, we expect this ceremony will attract many guests. We recommend replying as soon as possible.

The ceremony will be performed by drs. Paul de Leeuw, Shintomaster and Yurie Umamoto, Miko.


  1. Hahah, nee. Deze uitnodiging was naar mij persoonlijk gestuurd, maar ik zet ze vaak ook online. Ik had m op de 21e ontvangen, maar kwam vandaag pas aan posten toe. Had de datum niet gezien

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