I went to a couple of Tori no Ichi festivals last November, soon after I arrived in Japan, and did a post on it then. But I decided to check out the big one this year, in Asakusa’s Otori Jinja. This one draws such huge crowds that visitors are advised to avoid the evenings if possible, so I went mid-afternoon, when most Tori no Ichi are pretty tame.
As you can see, there were massive crowds even at that time of day, and the Kumade (good luck rakes resembling a rooster’s plumage) even more numerous and elaborate than at Shinjuku’s event last year. Afterwards, I took a walk over to Matsuchiyama Shouden Temple, on the Sumidagawa about 10 minutes walk from Sensou-ji. It’s one of the oldest temples in Tokyo and quite lovely, with terrific fall colors, but sadly the light was almost gone when I arrived so I only managed a couple of decent photos.