HATSUMODE 2015Invitation for the New Year CeremonyYou are cordially invited to attend the celebration of Hatsumode (the Seasonal First Visit to the Shrine) on New Year’s Day 2015January 1stVenue:Hotel Okura Amsterdam Otter and Esperance RoomFerdinand Bolstraat 333Amsterdam 04:00- 05:00 PMFree entranceDonation appreciatedProgram:15:30 Registration of guests16:00 Shinto ceremony: Hatsumode17:00 Naorai (congratulatory toast with sake)18:00 EndPlease reply here before December 28th to confirm your attendanceAfter December 28th 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 have access to the Holland Shinto Shrine, which is temporarily built in the Otter and Esperance Room.Every hour shintomaster Paul de Leeuw will perform a purification ceremony exclusively for the families who are staying at the hotel. For information about staying in Hotel Okura, please check the Okura Oshogatsu Package 2015 or click here.Due to the gracious courtesy of Hotel Okura we have the pleasure to invite you to attend the Grand New Year Ceremony at 04:00 PM. We will celebrate the Grand Ceremony for the New Year for the 10th time. The ceremony will be performed by drs Paul de Leeuw, Shintomaster, assisted by Yurie Umamoto, Miko, while Naomi Sato will perform Gagaku music.At the reception desk you will find Omamori for personal protection or traffic safety and Omikuji (fortune telling). It will be worthwhile to visit the temporary shrine on New Year’s Day.