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CONTENTS

1Population Census
2The Event Calendar
3  When an earthquake strikes       
4Jitsuin and eInkan-torokuf  
5"Otorisama" (Tori-no-ichi)
6Bonsai
7‚e‚t‚m‚`‚a‚`‚r‚g‚h Cleanup Day on Nov.21
8Japanese Cooking
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"Otorisama" (Tori-no-ichi)

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"Otorisama" (Tori-no-ichi) is a festival held in Ohtori shrine situated in Asakusa, Tokyo on the days of Rooster* in November every year. This festival has been held since the Edo era (1603-1867) wishing a prosperous business and home safety.

This year it will be held for 24 hours starting from 0:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 7 and Friday November 19. The shrine is crowded with lots of shops. Among them the shops of decorated rakes of various sizes and prices attract visitors. Originally these rakes were displayed in stores wishing the prosperous business since it was said that they gather up the prosperity and happiness. Nowadays, actually non shop-owners also buy them so that their various wishes will come true. When the rakes are sold, both the sellers and buyers clap their hands together in congratulation.

Ohtori shrine is situated about 7 minutes' walk from the north no. 3 exit of Iriya station of Hibiya Line of Tokyo Metro, and about 20 minutes' walk from Asakusa station of Asakusa Line of Toei Subway. From Funabashi it takes around only an hour. This shrine's web page is http://www.otorisama.or.jp/english.html.

Why don't you visit it to enjoy this animated atmosphere?

*Rooster is one of the twelve signs of Chinese zodiac (twelve animals' name that represent directions, times, years, months, and days).

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