Old Uchiwa Fan (1)
Bamboo and paper uchiwa fans were often given out by shops as promotional material during very hot Japanese summers. Huge numbers must have been made over the years because they still turn up and are reasonably priced. This one is from Gamataki fish shop in Kikugawa-cho, Shizuoka. The phone number is 9 - which gives an idea of how old it is. I only see this shape in very old fans and it's in near perfect condition. 24cm x 34 cm. This is good an example of how Japanese traditionally have taken a simple everyday item and turned it into a work of art. Early 20th century.
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