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Writer:Yuta Sakaguchi

Hi, I’m Yuta. I grew up and live in Yokohama, a port city near Tokyo. I once lived in Kichijoji, located in the western part of Tokyo. I love walking around a street and taking pictures. On my article I introduce attractions mainly of Tokyo with many wonderful pictures. Please enjoy them!

“Tori no Ichi” festival at Hanazono shrine, Shinjuku

October 29, 2015

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“Tori no Ichi” festival at Hanazono shrine

“Tori no Ichi” festival at Hanazono shrine, Shinjuku is held every November. In the festival you can buy Kumade (a rake), which is considered a lucky charm. It is a valuable experience for you to contact with traditional Japanese culture in the center of a large city! “Tori no Ichi” festival at Hanazono shrine is one of three greatest "Tori no Ichi" festival in Kanto region including Tokyo. Every year the festival gets very lively and many people visit it.
There are various stalls, which sell various Kumade, foods and so on. At some place, people in a Kumade stall beat time with their hand for praying for a purchaser’s good future. Also you can see a bizarre performance at a show tent. The festival is very lively so it is fun to walk around the shrine.
In 2015 the festival will be held on November 5, 17 and 29, and the eve of festival on November 4, 16 and 28. If you will stay in Tokyo in the period, please try to go there.

There are many stalls along Yasukuni street

Stalls are also located along the approach to Hanazono shrine

Torii (a gate of Shinto shrine)

Worship Hall of Hanazono shrine

Many people and stalls in precincts of Hanazono shrine

Various rakes are sold