And so we finally finish the Hanetsuki New Year strips!
Hanetsuki is more of an old-fashioned game... and I'm not sure people play it anymore? More often than not, you will see the boards (called hagoita) on display with elaborate applique or designs painted on them. I've seen some local restaurants and families with them decorating their walls and shelves, but never have actually seen someone play it here in Hawaii~
Today's strip title and theme is sort of modeled off the popular anime/manga series "Prince of Tennis". Although I never really got into the series as some of my friends, it was amusing to see how they could make a sport like tennis so exciting by adding good-looking guys and incredible moves. (In fact, the Japanese are pros at making the mundane seem awesome... like "Yakitate Japan" - where bread making becomes a seriously competitive sport, or better yet, "Hikaru no Go" making Japanese chess exciting.)
Today's strip is just a nod to those greats who have forged the path for folks like us~!
As we end one thought, a new one starts on Wednesday!