26 Dec '13, 12am
[Oji Kitsune-no-gyoretsu Fox Parade]Dec 31 - Jan 1 Kita Ku Shozoku Inari-jinja Sh...
Legend has it that on New Year’s Eve, foxes gathered from across Japan under a large tree and disguised themselves in human costume to visit Oji Inari-jinja Shrine, in the Oji area of Kita-ku. Ukiyoe master Utagawa Hiroshige even painted this gathering of the foxes under the tree. On New Year’s Eve 1993, Oji Inari-jinja honored this legend with a hatsumode first shrine visit of the year event inspired by the tale. This became the first Oji Kitsune-no-gyorestu Fox Parade. It has been held every year since in an effort to integrate old culture into the new community. Shrine-goers parade the streets holding chochin lanterns representing the light of life and the light of hope, and wishing for the sound growth and happiness of the children.