Nov 20, 2018
Don’t Miss the Tori no Ichi Festival at Hanazono Shrine!
The Tori no Ichi festival is held three times every year in November at shrines all across the Kanto region. The Tori no Ichi festival held at Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku is one of the three biggest in the region. This year, the festival is being held on November 1st, 13th and 25th.
At this festival people, especially business owners, purchase rakes (called kumade in Japanese) as seen in the photo above. It is said that if you buy a rake that is bigger than the one they bought last year that you will be financially successful. When a rake is purchased, the sellers will do a celebratory “3-3-3-1” clap in order to commemorate the sale. If you think you might need a bit of extra financial luck, this is the perfect souvenir!
Of course, this is also a great opportunity to pray at the shrine. There are tons of food stalls selling everything from cotton candy to grilled skewers of seafood. If you just want to go to experience the festival atmosphere, this is the perfect place to do so!
Since the festival happens three times in November, it’s easy to find a day to make your way down。 After you’ve checked out the festival you can head to Golden Gai, located right behind the main shrine, for a drink before heading home!
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