A gorgeous, decorative hanetsuki hagoita paddle. Hanetsuki is a traditional Japanese New Year's game, played with a wooden paddle called hagoita and a shuttle called hane The game resembles badminton, played without a net. While the game's popularity has declined in recent times, beautifully ornamented hagoita are still a popular collectors’ item. In the middle of December, the Hagoita Market (Hagoita-ichi) is held at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo, where ornamented wooden paddles (hagoita) are sold at numerous stands. The paddles come in different sizes, and most of them feature portraits of kabuki actors and beautiful Edo ladies. Nowadays portraits of celebrities from entertainment, sport and politics such as Prime Minister Koizumi, Harry Potter, soccer players Nakata and Beckham and fantasy characters, such as Kitty-chan and Spiderman, can be found on some hagoita.
From about 1980s but the woman is based on an Edo era beauty. Still sealed in the original cellophane
Made in Japan
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Excellent – still sealed
Width at top 22cm