Tori-no-Ichi Japanese Traditional Annual Open-Air Market 2012

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November 8, 2012, Tokyo, Japan – Bargain hunters crowd around the stalls decorated with colorful good-luck bamboo rakes in the precinct of a downtown Tokyo shrine during “Tori-no-Ichi,” an annual open-air market. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

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Since the 18th century, in November each year on the day of rooster in the Chinese zodiac, Japanese across the country have visited their neighborhood shrines and temples to buy ornamented bamboo rakes which are said to “rake up health, good fortune and good business, November 8, 2012. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)