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New year’s eve Fox parade in Oji

Winter

Participants to the parade on the streets around Oji Inari-Jinja, wearing fox masks and holding lanterns, gather around a bonfire. This special procession that starts at night on December 31st and ends past midnight on January 1st with a solemn blessing at the Oji Inari Shrine, where participants celebrate their first shrine visit of the year.

Notes

According to a folk tale, a group of foxes from the Kanto region gathered under a large tree, dressed as humans and tried to gain access to Oji Inari-Jinja, the Shinto shrine dedicated to the deity of foxes. Hiroshige’s depiction of the tale, inspired the creation of this fox parade that has taken place every New Year’s Eve since 1993.