VIDEO| Rooster market heralds the end of the year near Yokosuka

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

VIDEO| Rooster market heralds the end of the year near Yokosuka

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Tori-no-Ichi (literally, rooster market) is a traditional open-air fair at Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples held at the days of Rooster of November according to the Chinese zodiac. The fair always reminds us of the arrival of the year-end and drives us to prepare for the upcoming new year.

While my wife and I strolled in the Kurihama Flower World to check out its winter illumination, we came across the year-end tradition at Kurihama Tenjinja Shrine.

Although the days of rooster in this year were November 9 and 21, the Kurihama Tenjinja Shrine traditionally holds the fair on December 5, every year.

Rooster is believed as a lucky animal that rakes luck and money with its large wings. Seeking some good luck, many people visit the shrine during these days wishing for happiness and success in business for the year ahead.

There were many booths selling kumade or traditional decorations in the shape of rakes which are good fortune charms. And, there were plenty of food booths as well.

Countless smiling faces of visitors, a beautifully illuminated shrine and colorful booths made us happy to be there again after the event was canceled last year due to COVID-19.

Kurihama Tenjinja is tiny but a beautiful Shinto shrine nearby Kurihama Flower World. If you’re in Yokosuka, it might be fun to visit in Hatsumode or during the New Year’s visiting timeframe.

Kurihama Tenjinja Shrine

Location: 5-19-3, Kurihama, Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture (30-minute drive from Yokosuka Naval Base)


Tel: 046-835-3703

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