The Tori-no-Ichi Fair is an event with a long history in Tokyo, going back to when the city was still called Edo over 200 years ago. The fair signals the beginning of the year-end season when residents and businesses prepare for the New Year.
People visit the Tori-no-Ichi Fair to buy kumade, a decorated bamboo rake with the purpose of raking in good luck and prosperity. Following the old Japanese calendar the day of the rooster occurs every 12 days. And on the days of the rooster in November the Tori-no-Ichi takes places.
Dates of the 2018 Tori-no-Ichi Fair
1) Ichi-no-Tori: Thursday, November 1, 2018
2) Ni-no-Tori: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
3) San-no-Tori: Sunday, November 25, 2018
Over 100 kumade vendors set up their stalls on the grounds of the Otori Shrine in Asakusa for the Tori-no-Ichi Fair. The fair takes place from 00:00 to 24:00, opening for the full 24 hours of each day of the rooster. Several hundred more stalls set up in the streets near the shrine, creating a big market where you can enjoy food and drinks.
Looking for good fortune and business success in the coming year? Buy a kumade for your company. Highly decorated kumade selling for 10,000 to 50,000 yen are popular with business people who upgrade to a bigger kumade after each successful year. Smaller kumade are also available from 1,000 to 2,000 yen. You can easily fit them into your suitcase as a souvenir and good luck charm for the new year.
Come out to Asakusa’s Otori Shrine for the Tori-no-Ichi Fair if you are in Tokyo this November. It is worth seeing. Check out the big kumade made by the different vendors. Many are decorated over and over with objects that symbolize something lucky and positive, for example good health or money coming in. And the street food is another highlight of the festival. You can try many tasty treats. Otori Shrine’s main entrance is on Kokusai-Dori Street, decorated with a huge kumade. Go inside to see the kumade vendors. In the smaller backstreets you will find the food stalls. Follow the crowds, you cannot miss it.
Access: Hibiya Line Iriya Station, Ginza Line Tawaramachi Station, or one of the Asakusa Stations. Otori Shrine is located on Kokusai-Dori Street at 3-18-7 Senzoku, Taito-ku, Tokyo.
Otori Shrine - http://otorisama.or.jp/english.html