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A hataki (叩き) is a type of household cleaning tool that originated in Japan. Consisting of durable cloth strips attached to a stick or pole, it is used for moving dust from surfaces onto the floor, where it can be swept or vacuumed. Similar to a feather duster, it is not to be confused with an Ōnusa.
This duster, made of a bamboo pole and cloth strips, is a fixture in every Japanese home.
The hataki does not trap dust but, with its familiar sound, pushes it onto the floor, where it can be swept up.
Legend says that using the hataki activates a qi, or ch'i (Chinese: 气; pinyin), the positive energy produced by Feng Shui (ˌfeNG ˈSHo͞oē) which is a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.
- "What does HATAKI mean?". www.definitions.net. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
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