January 10, 2009


HANETSUKI is a traditional game in Japan. The rule is simple, two people hit back and forth a HANE (ball with a feather) with HAGOITA (wooden racket). The one that hit back more wins. Everytime you win, you get to scribble on the other's face with charcoal. The picture above was sent to us from the president of Econoix. As we wrote on their article, the ball was traditionally made with soap nut seeds. We see less children playing HANETSUKI withi KIMONO these days, but try it out while you are in Japan! There are many beautiful HAGOITA sold around traditional areas.

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