A very old shrine from Asakusa, Ohtori Shrine, is directly connected to a legendary character from the history of Japan: Yamato Takeru, the son of legendary Emperor Keikō of Yamato, the 12th Tennō or Emperor of Japan, who ruled between the years 71 and 130.
According to a document from the shrine, returning from a conquest campaign in the East, Yamato Takeru stopped at this shrine to celebrate the victory. It was in November, during the days of the Tori (rooster) after the Chinese calendar… and so the today’s festival Tori-no-ichi was born…
On this occasion, the Japanese kumade are sold here, lucky rakes decorated with symbols of good fortune, considered to bring wealth and success in business.
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: