The Traditional Japanese Paper Fan

An Uchiwa is a traditional Japanese paper fan. These fans are used to cool off on hot summer days and have become a staple in Japanese culture. These fans were produced in Japan prior to the 1680’s, originally intended to create airflow in kitchens while cooking. While Uchiwas were originally created out of leaves and animal hairs, nowadays they’re are made from paper on plastic or bamboo with advertisement from local businesses as the designs. You are bound to see hundreds of Uchiwas, especially during the summer or while at a festival in Japan. Be sure to get an Uchiwa or two, they make great souvenirs for friends or for cooling off while on your next Japan tour!

The Traditional Japanese Paper Fan
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