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Hagoita Market in Asakusa

Posted in Japanese Traditions, Places by tokyobling on December 19, 2012

One of the beautiful traditions of New Year’s in Japan is the gifting of hagoita (羽子板), ornamented flat wooden bats originally made for playing a game very similar to badminton. Back in the old Edo period, these hagoita were often painted or lacquered but over time they became more and more decorated and these days they are absolutely bedecked with ornaments, dolls and decorations. Even in the few years I have lived in Japan I have seen these hagoita getting more and more beautiful. These hagoita are traditionally sold in or near temples and shrines and one of the biggest hagoita markets in Tokyo is the annual Toshinoichi market, at Asakusa’s Sensoji temple. This year the hagoita market takes place between the 17th to the 19th of December, so if you are reading this and have some free time in Tokyo I recommend heading over there today or tonight!
















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  1. pk1154 said, on December 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Oh! That woman behind the counter! How could you resist buying from her?

    • tokyobling said, on December 27, 2012 at 11:01 am

      I know! I had to fight hard to keep away! She is the embodiment of the “kanban musume”! (^-^)

  2. Timi said, on December 22, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Beautiful work and lovely shots! That snake one at the end is one of my favs!

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