Buriburi gitcho

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The buriburi and gitcho were Japanese children's toys, traditionally given together as a New Year's gift. The buriburi was a gourd-shaped roller, with or without wheels, which was rolled along the ground or pulled with a string; the gitcho was a short mallet or bat.[1] Their origin is obscure, but it is believed that they originated from China,[2] and that they were used in a game of the same name.[3] Both the implements and the game were closely associated with the New Year Festival in Heian-era Japan.[4] After the festival, the playing implements were sometimes ceremonially burned in a ceremony known as sagitcho.[5]

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  1. ^ Keene, Donald (2005). Emperor Of Japan: Meiji And His World, 1852-1912. Columbia University Press. p. 14. ISBN 9780231123419. 
  2. ^ Transactions and proceedings of the Japan Society, London. 35-37. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co. 1938. p. 23. 
  3. ^ MacKenzie, Colin; Finkel, Irving L. (2004). Asian games: the art of contest. Asia Society. p. 300. ISBN 9780878480999. 
  4. ^ Guttmann, Allen; Thompson, Lee Austin (2001). University of Hawaii Press. p. 39. ISBN 9780824824648.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan. The Society. 1964. p. 109. Retrieved 6 June 2012.