SHINTO Practical Wisdom for the Modern World
Celebration of New Year 2019 on January 1st In Amsterdam Jinja Hotel Okura, Otter and Esperance Room, Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, Amsterdam. We are pleased to offer two options for making a fresh start of  the new year 1.  Hatsumode Grand Ceremony, start: 16:00 Hrs 2.  Hatsu-mairi, making a short visit, anytime between 11:00 and 15:00 Hrs 1. GRAND CEREMONY This year for the 14th time, we will build a temporary Jinja for New Year’s Day in Hotel Okura. Japanese families, guests of Hotel Okura, will have private ceremonies between 10:00 and 14:00. Thanks to the gracious courtesy of Hotel Okura we also make a Grand Ceremony at 16:00. You are cordially invited to attend this Grand Ceremony. Due to a limited amount of seats, you are recommended to make a reservation before December 26th. Registration is closed. Program: 15:00 – 16:00 Arrival of guests 16:00 – 16:45 Grand Ceremony 16:45 – 17:15 Naorai (toast with saké) Entrance free, donation welcome (NO cards; NO pin) 2. MAIRI (Short Visit) If you cannot attend the Grand Ceremony, it is also possible to visit the Jinja anytime between 11:00 and 15:00. A short visit is called “hatsu mairi” and is the common way how everybody in Japan visits the Jinja for the first time of the year.
For example, millions of people visit Meiji Jingu in Tokyo in the first week of January. We do not expect thousands of people, but still we would like to know how many visitors will come. Registration is closed. If you would like to know what to do at the short visit, please read the following information. Information about Mairi 1. Before entering Jinja: wash your hands at the table for TE-MIZU: left hand, right hand, left hand. 2. Walk down the aisle between the seats, until you reach the table with SAISEN-BAKO (wooden box for coins). The seats behind this table are reserved for families who have registered for a short ceremony; a ceremony might take place during your visit. Standing before the table, you throw a few coins in the wooden box to draw the attention of kami. Next, make two bows, clap your hands two times, and bow once more. Stand still for a while, reflecting about your wishes for the new year. Finally, make a bow and turn back. (If a ceremony is going on, you are free to take a seat at the back of the room and watch.) Please refrain from having long conversations in the Jinja, a place of peace and quietness. 3. In the lobby you can try your good luck with OMIKUJI (fortune telling), buy OMAMORI, or EMA – and write your wish on it.
TE-MIZU table for washing hands