Saturday, January 7, 2012

Hagoita (year end and new year traditon part4)

Hello, Dear friends♪  I hope you all are having wonderful begging of new year.
I've had a sniffle lately and bit runny nose nagging me but doing fine. 
And this is the last of Japanese tradition series;  so would you bear with me, haha.

Hagoita is a kind of racket (wooden paddles) for our one of the traditional New Year pastimes in Japan (or used to be) called hanetsuki; a badminton-like game played by girls with hagoita and a shuttlecock. In olden times, the person who missed had a mark drawn on her face with black ink for calligraphy, p;)
There are symple ones we can use for the play and the ones for the ornaments.  When I was little, my late brother played with me.  I loved the clinking sound when we hit hane (shuttlecook) with hagoita.  Nowadays, I don't see kids playing this game outside, I miss this tradition of ours with kind of nostalgic feeling.

Here is the quote from the pc page,
*A hagoita  is ostensibly used to play hanetsuki, but often instead serving a more ornamental purpose. These are frequently painted, usually with lacquer, with auspicious symbols, or decorated with complex silk collages. This tradition dates to the 17th century, and although the game itself is now rarely played, crafting decorative hagoita is still commonplace.
A hagoita market is held every year from December 17 to 19 on the grounds of the Sensôji temple in Asakusa, a famous shitamachi district in Tôkyô. It's a spectacular event attracting some 300,000 people, who come to buy paddles from the approximately 50 stalls selling nothing but hagoita.   link for these hagoita
hagoita & standHagoita & stand A battledore ( HAGOITA) is the doll which wishes growth of a girl from the Edo period and came to be decorated at each home.
The New Year which a baby is born, and begins and greets, and growth are wished, and grandparents, a relative, and a friend present and celebrate a battledore to a girl. The present of early spring, and marriage and new building send a battledore, and you are delighted very much at it also as a thing.
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  1. Dear friend, you always enlighten and delight me with your posts, and this one is no exception. What a lovely tradition! Thank you for sharing, and have a wonderful weekend~

  2. Hi Orchid! Hope you are having a good New Year. It's a shame that Hagoita isn't played much anymore, it seems like it's a fun thing to do. I like your traditional Japanese posts, it gives a lot of insight. I hope you start feeling better soon!

  3. Dearest Orchid,
    I have never heard of this tradition and am delighted to learn of it and to see the beautiful artwork. The Hagoitas that you have pictured are beautiful and I can imagine what a market place with nothing but stall after stall selling these lovely paddles. Thank your for sharing. I really have enjoyed these little glimpses into the traditions of your culture. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs

  4. What a shame this si no longer done. Must have been fun for children and so beautiful.
    You always give such wonderful post orchid, everytime you post I learn something new.
    Hugs to you dear friend.

  5. Dear Miyako, another beautiful Japanese tradition for us to read about today. The artwork is absolutely beautiful and stunning. Such a shame that all these old traditions are gradually dying out. Hope you have a lovely weekend dear friend x

  6. This game sounds like fun, too bad the young people are not playing it anymore. I love these posts about your traditions. I know I would have enjoyed receiving this gift. xo

  7. Dear Miyako,
    What a beautiful tradition, lovely dolls.
    I'm sorry to hear that you've had the sniffles and glad to hear that you're feeling better. Have a lovely day!
    Big hugs.


  8. Dearest Miyako,

    So sorry that you got this flu too, is it infectious through blogging?...
    But you will soon overcome it I guess.
    Lovely tradition you describe here and it's so good that through it you remember the fond times passed with your beloved brother. Guess that the young generation does abandon a lot of the traditions. Sadly so because nothing comes back in its place...
    Love to you,


  9. What a lovely game! It is too bad it isn't played much any longer. I love the beautiful dolls on the paddles. Thank you for sharing all this with us. Hugs and love.

  10. °º♫
    °º✿ Olá!!!
    º° ✿♥ ♫° ·. Passei para uma visitinha.
    ✿⊱╮As raquetes enfeitadas são bonitas e decorativas.
    Bom fim de semana!
    º° ✿♥ ♫° ·.