November 25, 2017

Antique Hagoita at the Tenjin-san Flea Market

Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine, Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

From Japan Brand - Authentic Japanese Products: Do you know the Japanese traditional pastime Hanetsuki (羽根突き) ? This is a popular activity during the New Year? It is a game it involves players hitting badminton shuttlecocks made of soapberry (無患子, mukuroji) seeds and bird feathers using large wooden paddles called Hagoita (羽子板). The Hagoita is usually rectangular in shape. When playing Hanetsuki, since the Hagoita’s movement is similar to the Harau action (祓う, a Japanese expression meaning "drive away"), it is thought to be effective to drive away evil spirits and is thus often used as a charm against evil. (Read more...)

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