Traditional Japanese Uchiwa Fan Ghost Mountain Range

Classic crafts in elegant design

If you walk around Tokyo in the summer, you might think that all Japanese have a handheld electric fan: it seems that there's one hanging from almost every wrist or neck. But if you jump to the conclusion that this means the Japanese have forgotten their traditions and abandoned paper fans, you would be wrong: both sensu (folding fans) and uchiwa (plain fans) are still made and used a lot (especially in summer festivals, together with kimono, zori sandals, and geta clogs) and the Traditional Japanese Uchiwa Fan Ghost Mountain Range is a fine example.

Let's get the obvious question out of the way first: Why a mountain range made of ghosts? The answer is that the illustration on the Traditional Japanese Uchiwa Fan Ghost Mountain Range comes from a long-held Japanese belief that scary images are good for the summer because their chilling effect helps fight the heat and humidity. Whether you believe that or not, it's up to you but one thing's certain: this beautiful 180 x 380 mm (7 x 15") fan handmade using washi paper, bamboo, and persimmon juice is Japanese craftsmanship at its finest. And so are the two optional stands you can get to store the fan like an ornament when you are not fanning yourself with it!

Specs and Features:

  • Traditional, handmade Japanese uchiwa fan
  • Dimensions: 180 x 380 mm (7 x 15")
  • Materials: bamboo, handmade washi paper, persimmon juice
  • Optional display stand: vertical, horizontal
  • Made to order: please allow approx. 1-2 weeks for shipping
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US$ 117
(Option prices include additional shipping costs if applicable)