January 05, 2007


This is a paddle game, hanetsuki, that is traditionally played on New Year's day. I was told, "Girls in kimono play this." We've played without wearing kimono. I have seen boys playing this, too.

The paddle is called hagoita. A padded silk hagoita is used as a decoration. The shuttlecocks are called hane. The blossom on the back is sakura, cherry blossom.

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