hanetsuki (羽根突き) (battledore and shuttlecock) in front of their home, one of the traditional games played during the New Year celebrations. There are two ways to play the: one person keeps the shuttlecock aloft as long as possible, or two people batting it at each other. This image is part of The New Year in Japan, a book published by Kobe-based photographer Kozaburo Tamamura in 1906. Click on Read Full Article to read the original text that accompanied this image." />

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Kobe, 1906 • New Year Celebrations 16

New Year Celebrations

Girls play hanetsuki (羽根突き) (battledore and shuttlecock) in front of their home, one of the traditional games played during the New Year celebrations. There are two ways to play the: one person keeps the shuttlecock aloft as long as possible, or two people batting it at each other. This image is part of The New Year in Japan, a book published by Kobe-based photographer Kozaburo Tamamura in 1906. Original text:

Attired in her best kimono (dress) and obi (band), Ohama San calls upon her friend Otama San to join her in a game of battledore and shutlecock [sic], this being a thre days custom of the beginning of the New Year.1

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1 Tamamura, Kozaburo (1906). The New Year in Japan. Tamamura Shashinkan.

Photographer: Kozaburo Tamamura
Publisher: Kozaburo Tamamura
Medium: Collotype Print
Image Number 80115-0040

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