Tori-no-ichi (Fair of rooster), year-end event at shrines to welcome the new year

Tori-no-ichi, which literally means “fair of rooster”, is an annual event held at particular shrines (Otori-jinja shrines are famous) mainly in and around Tokyo, to express appreciation to the deity for the past year and to welcome the new year. In Tokyo, it’s usually held on the days of rooster on zodiac calendar in November, but in the suberbs, there are lots of tori-no-Ichi in December.

In the precincts, rake-shaped charms called “kakkome” are sold. Decorative ones are popular among business owners as they are believed to invite good luck. They are often decorated in small restautrants, bars and shops.

After visiting shrines, it’s fun to look around the stalls selling candy and snacks.

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