Find your inspiration

Asakusa Tori-no-ichi Fair

  • 13
  • 11
  • 2017

Wondering what else to do in Tokyo this November?  In case you’re in the area—or planning to go there—you’re just in time for the Tori-no-ichi Fair in Asakusa.

Related image

Tori-no-ichi is a traditional festival that happens in November during the Days of the Rooster (6, 18,30). As part of Asakusa tradition, the fair is dedicated mainly to selling rakes…yes, rakes!

But not just the usual, run-of-the-mill rakes you get from your average hardware store. During the fair, a horde of rake-selling shops sell rakes believed to bring good fortune, wealth, and prosperity. Aside from praying for good luck and abundance, the festival is also a way to give thanks for safely making it through the year.

Related image

The Reason Behind the Rakes

It isn’t every day that you get to hear a festival fully dedicated to glorious rakes, right? We get that it’s a mystery for most people so we’re here to lay down the details.

This age-old festival has been around since the Edo Period, taking place in Asakusa ever year. Rakes symbolize the act of raking in luck and fortune—gold, silver—for business owners in Japan; hence, the rakes (Kumade). The bigger the rake, the better.

Related image

The lucky rakes come in different sizes. The bigger the rake, the better. You can also choose from a large selection of intricately designed rakes—cute cats and pandas, treasures, gold coins, gold bars.

An Immersive Experience

The festival kicks of with something locals call, Ichiban Taiko. It’s the first drum you’ll hear by midnight of November 6, 2017. The festival then pulls off an all-nighter which lasts for 24 hours around Ohtori shrine. Aside from hundreds of rake-selling shops, strategically placed food stalls spread around Ohtori shrine.

Street festival food! #torinoichi #getinmahbelly #tokyo #japan #shinjuku

A post shared by Angela Luisi Rudy (@ohsugarevents) on

Don’t be the one to break tradition, complete your lucky rake-hunting experience by haggling the price with a shop owner. Well, you still need to pay for the rake in its original price and decline the change from the shop owner. This sounds like nonsense but something worth the try.

As a sign of appreciation for haggling and still paying the full price for the rake, you’ll hear rhythmic clapping and lively cheering in honor of your kindness.

a festival of Japan called #torinoichi #鷲神社 #酉の市 🏮

A post shared by Kitchen Hide (@hideki_nakao) on Nov 23, 2016 at 5:26am PST

The Fair’s Schedule

The number of celebrations each year differs depending on the number of Rooster Days in November. This year, there are three Rooster Days. So in case you can’t make it to the Ichi-no-Tori held on November 6, 2017, you can still score yourself a lucky rake or two during the Ni-no-Tori and Sa-no-Tori events.

Ichi-no-Tori | Monday, November 6, 2017
Ni-no-Tori | Saturday, November 18, 2017
San-no-Tori | Thursday, November 30, 2017

Location Details

Name

Asakusa Tori-no-ichi Fair

Address

(Chokokuji Temple) 3-19-6 Senzoku, (Ootori Jinja Shrine)3-18-7 Senzoku Taito-ku

Summary

Wondering what else to do in Tokyo this November? In case you're in the area—or planning to go there—you're just in time for the Tori-no-ichi Fair in Asakusa.

Event Date

November 6, 2017

Share This Story

You Might Like These As Well

Chinese scientists

China making strides in world famous scientific discoveries

Japanese café does their best to mitigate the torture of diet

The Hello Kitty Craze in Taiwan is REAL

24 incredible photos that’ll make you want to go to India immediately

Yuyuan Shanghai

Over 60? You can work in Shanghai – With a few conditions

The World’s biggest Starbucks opens its doors in Shanghai

Disneyland Hong Kong serves cutest dim sum in the world

Japan Has Taken The Classic Kit Kat To Levels We Could Not Understand

Live the Dark Dining Experience in Beijing