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Weekly Column Kanda This and That 304


ReleaseJanuary 31, 2019

Thank you for coming back.

I went to Kanda Myojin Shrine. The “Kanda Myojin Daikoku-sai” Festival was held on January 26 (Sat) and 27 (Sun). During the festival, the Daikoku deity, along with the Ebisu deity, welcome visitors who are heading to the main building. While Ebisu rings a lucky bell for visitors, Daikoku shakes “uchide-no-kozuchi,” a little hammer which is said to make any wish come true, over their heads to give a stroke of good luck. Even if I know that the deities are played by masked shinto dancers, I still feel blessed by the deities.

I made a wish to the deities, saying “please shake the hammer over my cash register!” Anyways, I am still looking at getting good luck next week. That is, there will be a bean-throwing event on February 3, which is setsubun, a day to celebrate the coming of spring (starting at 14:00)! Last year, when I first attended the event, I was wondering why people were so eager to catch the packages of beans thrown at them. I found out later that those packages contained tickets. For winning tickets, you could get various items, from snacks to home appliances! I see. I understand that we all want something-for-nothing benefits. Hmmm, it is easy to see people’s “greed”…

Kanda This and That

*The information herein is as of January 2019.

Writer:Fumiko Ogawa

The wife of a couple who run a bakery near Kanda Station, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. She writes mainly about everyday and miscellaneous matters that happen around her and also in her neighborhood. She distributes her writings as "Weekly Column Kanda This and That" to the shop's customers and they are very popular. She is from Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture.