Time to achieve wealth and success!

The month of November in Japanese culture and Asian culture is very symbolic. After all, it is already a time when we are approaching the end of the year and when winter has arrived in the country.

Thus, it is also time to start preparing to renew your energies for a new cycle that will begin soon.

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In this way, every November, on the “days of the rooster” – according to the Chinese zodiac – various shrines around Tokyo host Tori no Ichior “Rooster Markets”. This tradition, which dates back to the Edo period (1603–1868), sees shrines filled with vendors selling kumadewhich are ornamental rakes that function as talismans for wealth and success.

These markets remain very popular with locals, with the most famous ones attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors. tori no ichi marks the beginning of preparation for the New Year. The main ones take place well after dark, so there’s a night market vibe too. Maybe you could use a little luck? Or maybe you just want to check out a cool traditional festival.

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November in Japanese culture tori no ichi

This festivity goes back to a Japanese custom: before purchasing a new rake, those who bought it the previous year rush to throw it in one of the huge cardboard boxes installed in front of the entrance to the market.

In this way, one of the things to do at this time of year, and perhaps one of the most symbolic, is to buy kumade🇧🇷 Buyers, mainly shopkeepers, restaurateurs and businessmen, hope to be able to accumulate luck and fortune in the coming year thanks to these “lucky rakes”. Of course, many people are crowding in front of the booths, but you can also see buyers, employees, businessmen and even managers of large Japanese companies in the crowd!

In addition to shoppers, visitors crowd the aisles to admire kumades of all sizes highlighted by spotlights (the market is much livelier at night). Sometimes, instead of rakes, you can find boats (these are the “boats of fortune”, takarabune, with the seven gods of happiness on board and all kinds of treasures) or bamboo vases also decorated with auspicious elements. Prices are rarely stated and you can negotiate the price.

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So, sometimes a clamor rises among the colorful stalls: as usual, vendors shout “iyo-o” and clap their hands loudly and rhythmically, at the same time as their customers, to celebrate the sale of a kumade.


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The three main rooster markets in Tokyo are held in Ōtori-jinja of Asakusa, Hanazono-jinja of Shinjuku and Ōkunitama-jinja of Fuchū. The festivities traditionally begin at midnight, with the beating of a drum. taiko.

Source: Cheapo Tokyo and Jpaan Experience.

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