Kofu fabrics from Japan were used to create this otedama set. Kofu means traditional or "in the old style". A black and white floral print, a plum colored bamboo print, and a black, grey and plum varying stripe fabric print were the chosen for this set.
The three bean bags are used for the jacks variation of Otedama played by kids of Japanese descent in Hawaii. Instructions are included. I found that it helped to have the larger bean bag a different color or pattern. I hope this also helps you when you play the game.
Beanbags (aka ojami) are filled with beans, the traditional filling for otedama sets.
Custom orders in other colors and patterns are always welcome!
For more otedama sets see our section http://www.etsy.com/shop/ojami?section_id=6250784
Story behind the product:
I made small sets (of the jacks version) for my child's class a few years back, and found making the sets and playing the game quite addictive!
Otedama was most popular in post WWII Japan. It used to be played in groups and in time to a song. But the game started to dye out and the songs have been lost.
In recent years there's been interest in bringing back the game - with books about it and competition groups in Japan.
I'm a big fan of Japan and Japanese culture. My hope is to help keep this fun little game alive and share a bit of the wonderful culture of Japan with you.