Awashima-jinja, the Doll Shrine

Battledores at Awashima Shrine

Ornamental battledores (hagoita) at Awashima Jinja in Wakayama prefecture. Battledores were used in a game called hanetsuki, which is similar to badminton, but without a net. When one person allows the birdie to fall, the other player draws on his or her face with charcoal. Hanetsuki is usually played at New Year’s.
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