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Ohtori Shrine / Asakusa Tokyo

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[Otori Shrine]
There are two gods to which the Otori Shrine is dedicated Amenohiwashi-no-mikoto and amato-takeru-no-mikoto.
According to the legend of the shrine, Yamato-takeru-no-mikoto felicitated his victory on his way back from his expedition by hanging a rake on the small shrine for Amenohiwashi-no-mikoto.
It occurred on the Day of the Cock in November, so that the day was subsequently chosen as the date of the festival.
The Cock Fair was developed in the middle of the Edo era as the poetical feature foreboding the arrival of winter.
There is the First Cock Fair, the Second Cock Fair and, depending on the year, the Third Cock Fair.
The year having the Third Cock Fair is said to have many fires.
Originally, the Cock Fair was a fair to sell rakes for practical use as a kind of agricultural product or Implement.
Subsequently, a rake was said to be useful in collecting fortune and assets.
Therefore, it has been regarded as the charm for bringing about commercial prosperity or luck.
[“Tori-no-Ichi” Celebration of The Ohtori Shrine]
“Tori-no-Ichi” Festival of the Ohtori Shrine in Asakusa.
Tokyo are held twice or thrice every November since the Edo era.
That Festival appellation is called the first Festival “Ichinotori”, the Second Festival “Ninotori”, the third Festival “Sannotori”.
The origin of “Tori-no-Ichi” Festivals of the Japanese mythology of the Ameno-Hiwashino-Mikoto and the Yamato-Takeruno-Mikoto are worshiping as god, also the Ohtori Shirine commonly are called “Otori-Sama” and the Festivals on the days be bustling by worshipers, that days celebrate the Festival all day long.
And this worship is that invoke a providence, give thanks to a divine favor, both it is that pray good fortune and good news in future and keep out of harm’s way.
They are brought about it when we live the daily life purely, righteously, vigorously, harmoniously.
Then the 300 rake stalls in the yard of the Ohtori Shrine sold lucky rakes bedecked with colorful symbols of good fortune, believed to bring wealth to the purchasers.

Anticipating Spring,
The beginning of it all,
Year-end fairs.

“Haru wo matsu
Koto no hajimeya,
By TAKARAI,Kikaku(Haiku)

Counted as one of Basho’s ten great students, he is famous for his fresh and penetrating insights into the society of the Edo.
The “Tori-no-Ichi” Festivals occurred several times in the end of the year.
It was the one time all year that the gates of the Yoshiwara Pleasure district were opened to let the public in to walk its streets.
Without the “Tori-no-Ichi” market, the small merchants and farmers would not be able to pay off their annual debts.
At the same time, goods bought at this market—good luck charms, food-stuffs,etc.—constitute the first shopping in preparation for new year celebrations.
While being the last big event of the year, it is also the first event in the course of new years preparations.
It thus forms the bridge, both economic and psychological, between the old and new years, emphasizing the continuum of time in society from year to year.



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