- Friday,3 November: Culture Day
- Tuesday, 7 November: “Ritto”, or the begging for winter
- Wednesday, 15 November: 7-5-3
- Monday, the 6th, Saturday the 18th, Thursday the 30th of November: Torino-ichi festival
Friday,3 November: Culture Day
This is a national holiday designated as a day to celebrate the proclamation of the Constitution of Japan in 1946. It’s also to spread love and peace and to culturally inform people. There are many art-related events and school festivals held on this day and its known as usually being sunny on this day.
Tuesday, 7 November: “Ritto”, or the begging for winter
This is the day indicates begging for winter. On this day, you might feel it starting to get colder in the mornings and evenings. The sunlight also feels weaker, and winter is just around the corner. In Japan, the cold wind that blows in winter is called “Kogarashi”, so the first cold wind that blows around Ritto is called, “Kogarashi No.1”.
Wednesday, 15 November: 7-5-3
A day to celebrate the growth of children three, five and seven years of age. It depends on the area, but usually three and seven-year-old girls, and 5-year-old boys celebrate on this day. Children wear Kimono, hakama, or dress up and visit shrines and take pictures at portrait studios. After the ceremony, children get“Chitoseame candy”, a long stick-like candy that represents longevity.
Monday, the 6th, Saturday the 18th, Thursday the 30th of November: Torino-ichi festival
Torino-ichi festival is mainly held in the Kanto area and is held to celebrate good health and wish for the good fortune in the coming new year. There will be many vendors at the shrine. Beautiful rakes are sold here, because they are believed to“rake in”good fortune. The festival is also called “Otorisama”, and is commonly known by people.