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Monday, 14th October 2013
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Asakusa gears up for Tori-no-ichi festival

Asakusa a south-eastern district of Tokyo, is gearing up in preparation for its famous Tori-no-ichi festival, which will see its various temples decked out in lanterns and lights as the celebrations begin.

The event, which has been a tradition since the Edo period between the 17th and 19th centuries, is held throughout November at various temples on different days, with the intent of wishing good luck and business prosperity to all those who attend.

Chokokuji Temple will be kicking on off proceedings on November 3rd with a rousing extravaganza of gold and silver kumade rakes, which are sure to create an awe-inspiring sight.

Kumade rakes are made of bamboo and contain various beautiful charms and objects that are thought to bring good fortune.

With the festivities set to go on until midnight at each celebratory event, combining the festival with a stroll around downtown Tokyo is a definite recommendation for all those on holiday in the capital this autumn, especially if you can squeeze in a visit to Senso-ji, with its giant Japanese lantern and intricately-decorated front doors.

Written by Susan Ballion

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