This incredible Nippon Art piece makes reference to Hagoita, that are the wooden paddles used to hit shuttlecocks, traditionally made of soapberry seeds and bird feathers, that are used to play the traditional Japanese pastime called hanetsuki during the New Year. This piece is made by “Kokkokai”, a group of Maki-e artisans formed in 1931 centered around Gonroku Matsuda, who later became a living national treasure. The name “Kokkokai” was derived from a quote by Ryosuke Namiki the founder, “In the way Sumo is Japan’s national sport, Maki-e is the nation’s light.” This pice is made with Hira Maki-e technique where the lacquered main design is decorated with sprinkled gold and silver powders. Several additional layers of lacquer are then applied. After the lacquer is hardened, it is then burnished.