The fan has always been important to Japan. They are used
by warriors, actors, and children. Fans are given as
presents ,they are sometimes used in religious ceremonines.
The top of the handle of the fan symbolizes the beginning
of life. The ribs stand for the roads of life going out in
all directions to good fortune.
Various fan designs that are found today in the world
originated in ancient Japan. It was not until modern times
that they found their way to Europe through the Chinese
In Japan, fans were called "sueshiro", or wide-bottom, and
have long ben a symbol of prosperity. Even today, fans are
indispensable small items and festivals as well as in
traditional Japanese dancing.
Fans are made from materials produced in Japan: bamboo ,
paper and silk. The size and shape of fans are varied, and
this variety adds to the lives of the Japanese regardless
of the season.
This is a Japanese fan.