ocr-generated "TORI-NO-ICHI" CELEBRATION OF
THE OHTORI SHRINE
"Tori-no-Ichi"Festivals of the Ohtori Shrine in Asakusa.
Tokyo are held twice or thrice every November since the
That Festivals appellation is called the first Festival
"Ichinotori", the second Festival "Ninotori", the third
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 Shrine 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 favour, both it is that pray good fortune and good
news in future and keep out of harm's way.
They are borught about its 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, belived to bring wealth to the purchasers.
The beginning of it all,
"Haru wo matsu,
Koto no hajime ya,
Counted as one of Basho's ten great students, he is famous
for his fresh and penetrating insights into the society of the
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.