Due to Kanda Myojin’s association with wealth and good fortune (it is after all home to two of the Seven Gods of Fortune) many visit the shrine for the first prayers of the year (hatsumode). Daikoku Matsuri, held in mid-January each year, is the first festival at the famous shrine. The highlight is on Sunday at 3pm when a Shinto dancer, disguised as a Daikokuten (one of the of the Seven Gods of Fortune along with Ebisu), shakes a large mallet above the heads of those who have just come of age to bring them prosperity. The festival is held 10:00am-4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
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