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Updated: October 30, 2017
Asakusa's annual year-end Hagoita Fair is a colorful and exciting traditional event. Dozens of vendors set up shop to sell hagoita, rectangular wooden paddles that were originally used to play hanetsuki, a traditional game similar to badminton. Hagoita were regarded as lucky objects that "hit away bad luck."
This fair originates from a custom of wishing for young girls to grow up healthy, but ever since the Meiji era, hagoita have been sold as lucky charms for welcoming the new year. At this fair, you'll find a wide range of hagoita, from beautiful decorative items to cool children's toys. As you shop, you'll find paddles adorned with kabuki actors, beautiful women and popular celebrities.
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