07 November, 2006

Tori-no-Ichi / Sugamo Otori shrine

Hi! it's Lee.
Last Saturday, Sis, Mom, Shige and me went to the Tori-no-Ichi of Sugamo Otori shrine. I enjoyed looong-awaited night walking with my whole family! Yeah! (The black dog in the night. Can you see me?)

It was a "Ichi no Tori" the first day of Tori-no-Ichi, so we had expected it would not be so crowded. However, against the odds, Sugamo shrine and the approach were packed with visitors.

Sis returned the old Kumade that mom had purchased last year. These Kumades will be burned up with the invocation by the shrine priest.

This is the most reasonable Kumade in the Tori-no-Ichi, costs just 1,000yen!
You want to get a bigger one? Did you prepare a wad of bills?

Mom were holding me because the shrine yard and approach was very crowded.
"Hi, daddy-o! How's business? "

There were many food stall along the approach. Sis tried "age-mochi" deep fried rice cake with bonito broth.
"Mmm, looks yummy. Can I have a bite?"

"Ni no Tori","San no Tori"the 2nd and 3rd day of Tori-no-Ichi wil be held on 16th and 28th November.
Regarding the Tori-no-Ichi imformation, please have a look the site bellow.
Asakusa Torinoichi official site.
Shige's posting of Sugamo Torinoichi 2005 (
part1, 2&3).

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03 November, 2006

The Tori-no-Ichi is coming! (4th, 16th and 28th November)

This year's Tori-no-Ichi (the Cock fair) will be held at the Ohtori shrine across Japan on 4th, 16th and 28th November. (Please refer to the last year's posting for the detailed commentary of the Tori-no-Ichi part1, 2&3)>
This year's 1st day of Tori-no-ichi is settled on Saturday, so I'll visit the Otori shiline of Sugamo with Lee and Kana, then will post some photos.

In Tokyo, Tori-no-Ichi of Hanazono shrine (Shinjuku) or Chokokuji (Asakusa) are splendid. If you have a chance to get to Shinjuku or Asakusa on Saturday, don't miss it!

Have a good weekend.

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