Hagoita （羽子板）is a rectangular wooden paddle to play Hanetsuki (羽根つき）, which is similar to badminton, but without the net.
It is a game where two players hitting shuttlecocks which are made of soapberry seeds and bird feathers, and this game is often played during new year season. That is because it has been said that it is thought to be effective to drive away evil spirits because the swinging posture resembles the way we drive evil spirits away and it is called Harau (祓う). (although not many people play the game lately).
They also developed decorative Hagoita to use it as a charm against evil spirit and there is a famous festival every year called Hagoita Ichi (ichi in this case means festival) in Asakusa Sensoji Temple in December (in 2017 the festival is from 17th till 19th).
A craftsman in Ehime prefecture created this beautiful Hagoita shaped tray using the local cypress called Himehinoki (媛ひのき）. He printed the chrysanthemum design and it is coated with polyurethane, so you can use them as usual plates or trays to serve foods.
The red one is more festive and it will be a nice center piece at a party.
The black one is more chic and it will be good to serve something white like cheese etc.
When you turn it around, the back is coated with clear coating.
The size is 21.6cm x 11.5cm x 1.5cm and the price is 3,000yen + tax.
Tax Free Shopping
When the total of your purchase exceeds over 5,000yen, you can claim for tax free shopping. We need your passport to do that, so please do not forget to bring it with you, when you visit our store in Tokyo.
How to purchase them?
You can either visit our store in Tokyo or you can send us emails and we can send them overseas by EMS or send them to those designated hotels or places within Japan where you specify after confirming your payment.
For domestic delivery within Japan, it is free when the total goes over 10,800yen.
Contact address is info(at)mabysoshite.com (please change the (at) to @).
How to visit us in Tokyo?
The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station （外苑前駅）Exit 1b on Ginza line Tokyo Metro. When you walk up the stairs of the exit 1b, you just need to walk straight for about 100m and our store is on the right side of the street on the ground floor.
Gaienmae station is only 2 stops away from Shibuya on Tokyo Metro Ginza line.
If you are a visitor, please bring your passport, so you can enjoy tax free shopping!
You can also find a map on our HP!
MA by So Shi Te
2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,
Tokyo Japan 107–0062
For Japanese blog about this product, please visit our Japanese blog http://blog.goo.ne.jp/mabysoshite/e/dc8e31e195189ea5e06ea03986f93da9http://blog.goo.ne.jp/mabysoshite/e/dc8e31e195189ea5e06ea03986f93da9