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Ohajiki-asobi (おはじき遊び) / Ohajiki (Flat Marbles) Game

http://www.cpo.jp/pictures/stationery/l_ohajiki.jpg
(Ohajiki)

Ohajiki is a traditional game enjoyed by Japanese children, especially girls. Its name comes from the flicking (“hajiku” in Japanese) of fingers that is done to ohajiki (flat glass marbles) with a diameter of about 12 mm.
http://www.ed.city.izumisano.osaka.jp/ikkrwebBrowse/material/image/group/8/ohajiki.JPG

The game dates back to the Nara period (710-794), when it was introduced from China. In those days pebbles were used to play, and the game was called “Ishi-hajiki (stone flicking).” It was mainly enjoyed among the nobility at the Imperial court. It was in the Edo period (1603-1868) when the game began to be played by girls. In the late Meiji period (1868-1912), glass marbles appeared.
http://www.kccollege.ac.jp/canvas/asobi/image/ohajiki.gif http://www.pref.mie.lg.jp/MNOKAN/HP/shasin/ohajiki.jpg
(Ohajiki Game)

To play the game, players scatter the ohajiki on a flat surface and then take turns hitting one piece against another with the flick of a finger. If a player is successful, she can get the other player’s ohajiki. The player with the most pieces wins. Ohajiki marbles are cute-looking stuff and the game is enjoyable even for adults.

By TS on Oct 15, 2011
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