Traditional battledore market 'Hagoita Ichi' opens in Tokyo (5 images)

The opening day of the battledore market "Hagoita Ichi" is celebrated at the Sensoji Temple in the Asakusa district in Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday. Photos by Keizo Mori/UPI
Updated: Dec. 18, 2017 at 11:15 AM
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Various varieties of Battledore are on display with the Sensoji Temple in the background. This annual market features hago-ita, also known as battledore, which are decorative bats which are used to play the traditional New Year’s game of hanetsuki. The game is like a cross between badminton and table tennis.
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The battledore sold at Hagoita-ichi are purely decorative and serve as good luck charms. The front of the battledore is designed with images of Kabuki actors, or popular celebrities, TV personalities, athletes, and anime characters of the year.
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A vendor sells battledore during the opening day of the market. The market typically features around 50 stalls selling battledores, kites and other New Year decorations.
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This is a traditional fair dates back to the Edo Period in the 17th century but didn't gain popularity until after World War II.
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It is common for the sellers and buyers to clap their hands rhythmically with one another when a battledore is sold.
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