07 January, 2006

Sugamo Ohtori shrine / Tori-no-Ichi (the Cock fair) - part 2

On November 21st 2005, Shige visited Tori-no-Ichi at Sugamo Oh-tori shrine. He couldn't had left his office until 10pm, so he'd thought it's too late to visit there, because most of shrine festivals would be closed around 10PM.

He reached there at 10:30PM and was surprised that there were lots of people around the shrine. There were many stalls selling snacks and many people who had bought "Kumade" walked along the street. In the shrine precinct, "Kumade" sellers was raising there voices, and people were looking around for good "Kumade" and try to haggle with "Kumade" seller. It was lively and filled with joyous mood.

Three hours before Shige visited there, around 7pm, Shige's wife and daughter had visited there, but they said they felt some sense of danger because there were so many people. They couldn't walk appropriate direction and couldn't even enter the shrine. They just bought a small "kumade" at a stall on the gateway and back home.

Why don't you come "Tori-no-Ichi"? You can enjoy it till midnight.

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1 Comments:

Blogger kazu said...

How much is each "Kumade"?
Do they become cheaper late at night? Or it is unlucky to discount such a thing as "Kumade" which is supposed to good fortune and business to the buyer!

12/4/06 15:57  

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