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From November to December, many 'lucky rake fairs' are held at shrines around Japan. People visit a fair to get a decorated bamboo rake, which, it is said, has a charm to gather luck. Tori-no-Ichi, that takes place at Otori Shrine in Asakusa, Tokyo in November, is the most well-known rake fair.
There is also a large fair called Okame-Ichi in my city Kawaguchi. It is held at Kawaguchi Shrine, the guardian god of the city, every December 15th. The street, leading you from Kawaguchi Station to the shrine, is lined by 600 food stalls and entertainment stalls, while the precincts of the shrine are dominated by rake stalls. The area bustles with numerous people exploring stalls, buying a rake and worshiping at the shrine on the winter day.
- Shot in 1080p full HD with an iPhone 4S on Dec. 15th, 2012