New Year’s Rake

 

Japanese New Year's Rake

 

This is a Kumade (although if I understand correctly, Kumade may just mean “rake” in Japanese). It is one of the many artifacts one can get for New Year’s in Japan.

My mother-in-law got it for us, now I wonder where we’ll manage to store it to catch dust until 2014. On that topic (catching dust) please not that the plastic wrap is not to be removed so that the rake itself and its decorations don’t actually catch dust, after all those are sacred items.

 

Kumade

 

 

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