The “Tori no ichi” is a Japanese event held every year in November.
It is said to have originated in the Edo period (1603-1868) when farmers living near the Hanabata Owashi Shrine in Adachi-Ku, Tokyo dedicated chickens to celebrate the autumn harvest.
At Chokokuji Temple in Asakusa, it is called “Shin no Tori”.
“Tori no ichi” is the day that falls on the rooster of the twelve Chinese zodiac signs.
The twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac are used not only for the year, but also for the day, time, and direction.
Therefore, the day of the rooster comes around every 12 days.
The first “Tori no ichi” Day is called the “Ichi no Tori (First Bird Day)”, followed by the “Ni no Tori (Second Bird Day)” and the “San no Tori (Third Bird Day)”.