Thursday, January 3, 2013

Japanese Hagoita

Hello, Dear friends♪  I hope you all are having wonderful beginning of new year. It is rather colder than usual year and was shivering while visiting shrine p;)

For my new friends sake, let me paste "hagoita" topic from last year again. Sadly we don't see girls play it much any more. Adding a you-tube page of making process (it is from news program and sorry it's Japanese). 

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 feel

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. 
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.
浮世絵風 イラスト

I do wish I had more time to visit you!!!  OMG, my common phrase.
See you soon♬♬♬  


High Heeled Life said...

Wow these are brilliant! It's unfortunate to see some wonderful traditions take a side seat to modern times. Hopefully they will continue to be produced even if just for decor - as a way of keeping it alive for the next generation to appreciate. Be well my friend, C. (HHL)

orchid Miyako said...

Oh My!!!
Thank you SO much for commenting here♡♡♡ I tried to organized my "label" in my home page, which is at the bottom not in the side-bar now. I posted this in my home page this Jan. p;)
Yes, Hagoita is very lovely♬♬♬ Reminisce the days I played with it!!!
Lots of Love and hugs, xoxo Miyako*