Hagoita-ichi (Fair) 羽子板市


Hagoita Fair is a popular annual event in Asakusa that is held as the year nears its end. Tens of venders gather at Sensoji Temple to sell a variety of colorful hagoita (wooden paddles), from ornamental ones to those for children to play with. The fair originated from a custom to give a hagoita and pray for the healthy growth of girls, symbolizing hagoita as a ""board to bounce back evil."" It developed into a large-scale event in the mid Meiji period when hagoita were sold as a highlight of the items at an annual year-end fair. Authentic Kabuki actors and popular celebrities are among the themes featured on the decorative hagoita.