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Tori-no-Ichi festival

Tori-no-Ichi Festival
In November, e-Jan employees visited Hanazono Shrine for the Tori-no-Ichi festival. Over the years, this has become an e-Jan tradition to give thanks to wish for prosperity in the coming year.
On the Tori-no-Ichi festival:
"Tori-no-Ichi Festivals are held twice or thrice every November since the Edo era.
The Festivals appellation is called first Festival "Ichinotori", the second Festival "Ninotori", the third Festival "Sannotori". The origin of "Tori-no-Ichi" Festivals of the Japanese mythology of the Ameno-Hiwashino-Mikoto and the Yamato-Takeruno-Mikoto are worshiping as god, also the Ohtori Shrine commonly are called "Otori-Sama" and the Festivals on the days be bustling by worshipers, that days celebrate the Festival all day long. And this worship is that invoke a providence, give thanks to a divine favour, both it is that pray good fortune and good news in future and keep out of harm's way . . . Then the 300 rake stalls in the yard of the Ohtori Shrine sold lucky rakes decorated with colorful symbols of good fortune,believed to bring wealth to the purchasers.” (Source)

Some comments from the employees who attended the festival:

From ‘Y.’ (Japanese):

[There were few people during the weekday, and many of the food stalls were preparing to open in the evening, so while the afternoon is fine for just browsing, I recommend going at night to experience the full festival atmosphere. It is also fun to see people buying the very flashy bamboo rakes.]

From ‘E.’ (Chinese):

[I have only gone to shrines on my own, and it was only to pray for myself and my family. This time I went not only for myself, but for the company, and I prayed from the bottom of my heart. It was a very good experience.]

From ‘J.’ (Taiwanese):

[I had always wondered about the bamboo rake on display in the company, so I went to the Tori-no-Ichi festival. It was my first time participating in a traditional function like this, but my senpais kindly explained it to me, and at the end were able to return the old bamboo rake (to the shrine)! I’m very glad I went.]

From ‘R.’ (Taiwanese):

[On Friday around noon we went to Hanazono Shrine to attend the annual Tori-no-Ichi festival. There, we prayed to the god of commerce for prosperous business next year. Before we went to the shrine, the company president Mr. Sakamoto explained the start of this e-Jan tradition of going to the shrine, and how to worship. Afterwards, we all browsed the stalls, bought food to eat on the side of the road. It was a good chance to feel refreshed, and to learn a bit about Japanese culture. I will go next year as well.]