An open-air fair for good fortune

By Gloria Ticconi    - 2 min read

The rooster is the tenth symbol in the Japanese zodiac. In Japanese it is often called tori, and it is associated with gain and business fortune. Days of the roster occur every 12 days in November and generally the first day of the Tori is most important. The Tori -no-Ichi is a fair, contuining from the Edo period, held on these days of the Rooster at Temple of Tori (Juzaisan Chokoku-ji) in Asakusa. People come here to pray for good fortune, good business and health. During the fair stalls sell Kumakade rakes, good-luck rakes made of bamboo and decorate with masks and koban (old gold coins), popular to bring prosperity in business. People usually change for a bigger bamboo rake year by year.

The Temple of Chokoku was established in 1630, during the Edo Period. In 1868 one parte of the Chokoku-ji became Otori Shrine, because of a government ordinance that decided to separate Shintoism from Buddhism. The Temple is dedicated to Nichiren, the Buddhist priest, and enshrines the statue of Washimyoken Bodhisattva , also known as Otori-sama. The Statue stands on the back of an eagle, and it's reputated to bring good fortune and prosperity.

In 2016 the Tori-no-Ichi fair will be held between 11th of November and the 23th of November.

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