The main purpose of visiting the Tori-no-Ichi is to get good luck and prosperity in the coming year. Check out the many stalls that set up around Otori Shrine selling highly decorated “kumade” rakes to rake in the good luck and business success.
The Tori-no-Ichi Fairs have been taking place since the Edo Period each year in November on the days of the rooster in Asakusa where this festival has its roots. According to old Japanese custom, the day of the rooster occurs every 12 days. This year the Tori-no-Ichi will be held three times, each time for 24 hours from 00:00 to 24:00.
Read more about the history of Tori-no-Ichi at http://www.torinoichi.jp/english/index.htm
Tori-no-ichi Fair 2017
1) Ichi-no-Tori: Monday, November 6, 2017
2) Ni-no-Tori: Saturday, November 18, 2017
3) San-no-Tori: Thursday, November 30, 2017
The kumade vendors have their stalls set up around Otori Shrine. The market has a warm atmosphere and positive energy as everybody is looking forward to a good coming year. This is a lively event. When someone buys a kumade the buyers and sellers clap their hands and shout.
Kumade can be so heavily decorated that it is hard to see the underlying form of a rake. The decorations are very colorful and ornate and include many traditional Japanese symbols for good fortune and prosperity. You can buy very small kumade for 1000-2000 yen, but also huge ones. Many people buy a bigger kumade each year and many prepare a budget of 10,000-50,000 yen or more.
Another highlight of a Tori-no-ichi visit are the many food stalls set up in the streets near Otori Shrine. Follow the crowds and walk through the area between Otori Shrine’s main entrance on Kokusai-Dori Street and the smaller streets towards Senzoku-Dori Street. You can try traditional Japanese festival sweets and savory street food favorites here during the days of the rooster.
Access: Walk from Hibiya Line Iriya Station or Minowa Station, Ginza Line Tawaramachi Station, or one of the Asakusa Stations. The main entrance of Otori-Shrine is on Kokusai-Dori Street (3-18-7 Senzoku, Taito-ku, Tokyo).