Hagoita Fair

Hagoita Fair is a three day event held in Asakusa in front of the Sensoji Temple. This fair sells hundreds of hagoita, which are beautiful wooden paddles that are decorated most commonly decorated with portraits of traditional Kabuku actors. Colorful fabric is used to create the images and give them dimension. One hagoita may sell for hundreds of dollars.

The custom is to give a hagoita to young girls to pray for their healthy growth. The board is to “bounce back evil.”