Thursday, December 22, 2005

Hagoita: decorative paddles for New Year's

Hagoita are decorative paddles, descended from working models used to knock a shuttlecock back and forth but today used as a decoration around the New Year's holiday.

A recent trend in hagoita are ones bearing the image of celebrities and other notable people. In the picture below, a company is unveiling two of its "celebrity" hagoita for this New Year's: Prime Minister Koizumi (left) and Bobby Valentine (right), the former L.A. Dodger who is now coach of Japan's Lotte Marines.

In 2003, the same company (Kyugetsu) released an Arnold Schwarzenegger hagoita, as you can see in this photo.

You can read the related article here.

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