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Updated: October 15, 2018
At Tori-no-ichi festivals, which are usually held in November, ornamental bamboo rakes called kumade are sold to attract good luck. However, some temples and shrines hold Tori-no-ichi in December—one such area being Oji-jinja Shrine in the city of Kita.
On December 6th every year, Oji-jinja Shrine holds a special event dedicated to kumade. These rakes are decorated with lucky objects such as okame (a mask depicting a cheerful woman), Ebisu-daikoku (one of the seven deities of good fortune), pine, bamboo, plum, crane and tortoise. Dozens of gorgeous kumade in different sizes and shapes will be displayed on the festival day, which falls on a Thursday this year. Vendors cheerfully shout out to attract customers and perform a special handclap when a kumade is sold.
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