Hagoita Fair, Asakusa

Hagoita fair vendor

Hagoita fair, Asakusa, December 18, 2004

A woman doing her best “you expect me to accept that offer” expression, at the recent Hagoita fair in Asasuka, Tokyo. hagoitas are rackets (battledores) used in hanetsuki, or Japanese badminton. These ornamental versions sell for anywhere between 20,000 to 50,000 yen ($200 – $500). More information here.

(Click on above pic for larger version. Mind you, this is just cropped from the low-res digital “contact sheet,” no color correction or anything else has been done. No time….)