The Hagoita Market features a form of art traditionally sold at this time of year and for which Kasukabe is famous. The origin of the Hagoita is as a paddle-like racket for playing a badminton-like game called Hanetsuki. They are however more likely to be ornamental.
The tradition seems to have started about 700 years ago during the Muromachi Period (1336 to 1392) but they became a popular form of art in the Edo Period (1603-1867) when they were often decorated with depictions of famous kabuki actors. The market/festival takes place outside the east exit of Kasukabe Station which is roughly a 1 hour journey from central Tokyo on the Tobu “Skytree” Line.
If you live nearer central Tokyo, you may want to check out Sensōji Temple’s Hagoita-Ichi Festival where many of the hagoita made in Kasukabe are sold.Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.