Introducing two of our favourite Japanese greeting cards.
First we will look at these Origami Doll greeting cards, handmade with care in Kyoto, Japan.
Using an array of chiyogami (paper) patterns, each card has their own unique design.
The origami folding gives the cards 3D effects.
There are beautifully placed metallic spots on the paper, meaning when you move the card, it will give a glimmering effect.
They are blank inside, meaning you can customise the inside completely.
Hagoitas are wooden paddles commonly used in Japan to play Hanetsuki, a game similar to badminton. They can also be used as decorations and are often displayed in glass cases.
The paper hagoita can be removed from the card and used as a shiori (bookmark), giving the cards both a functional and decorative purpose.
If you're looking to buy real wooden hagoita, the best time to get one is around New Year as hanetsuki is traditionally played then to celebrate. The most popular place to buy them is at Hagoita-ichi, in the Asakusa Kannon precinct in Tokyo.