Asakusa was Tokyo’s main entertainment district during the Shogunate, when the city was still known as Edo. Today it remains a popular tourist destination, and is home to many old and beautiful temples. Sensō-ji temple, Tokyo’s oldest, hosts the Hagoita-Ichi festival every December, where visitors buy good luck charms for the coming year. A popular item are hagoita, or bats for a traditional New Year’s game called hanetsuki. The bats are typically decorated with images of famous kabuki actors, but it is also common to see ones featuring any person who has made the news during the past year.

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