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Tori-no-ichi in Asakusa

November 11, 2016

© Yoshikazu Takada

Based on the Chinese zodiac, this day celebrates the day of the tori (rooster). The Tori-no-ichi festival has been a tradition since the Edo period, where open-air markets pop-up at Otori shrines around Japan. Part of the tradition is purchasing a kumade, an ornamental bamboo rake decorated in gold, silver, masks, and old koban coins. Kumade will help rake in success, good fortune, and happiness (if you’ll pardon the pun). You should clap your hands in sync with the seller of the rake after buying it. Tori-no-ichi celebrations will be happening at around 30 Otori shrines in Tokyo, but the one in Asakusa is the most popular. Festivities continue until midnight.


November 11, 2016
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Otori Jinja Shrine Asakusa
3-18-7 Senzoku
Taito-ku, Tokyo Japan
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