Formerly, Japan used to combine the twelve zodiac signs (rat, snake, tiger, rabbit, etc) with the system of Jikkan (the ten celestial stems), which were applied to their calendar. "Tori-no-Ichi
" (酉の市) goes with those Japanese customs, being held on the days of the rooster in November. Days of the rooster are every 12 days in November, so that means Tori-no-Ichi is normally held 3 times! This year (2018) Tori-no-Ichi is held on Nov. 1, 13, 25th. We went in last year, and since it is not that well known among foreigners we had to share this special Japanese festival that is held annually we thought we would share about it so you can go this year!
Place: Chokokuji Temple and Otori Shrine (it takes up two areas)
Access: Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line - Iriya Station or Minowa Station (10min walk)
2018 dates: Nov. 1, 13, 25