Accessorize your Summer Fashion: The Japanese Hand Fan!

There is a fundamental piece of Japan’s culture that warriors used it as a type of weapon, children use it as a toy, performers use it onstage, and locals use it every day as an accessory to their summer robes! This versatile item is none other than the hand fan.

The Japanese fan is not all for arts and accessories; it is also an elegant means of staying cool in the summer weather. Upgrade your wardrobe and enhance your summer fashion by combining a fan in your next outing!

Types of Japanese hand fan


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Choosing fans isn’t a straightforward matter, fans come in a variety of shapes and colors, and paper fans are considered an art form in Japan. Let’s take a look at the most common types of fans to combine with your summer attire:

* Uchiwa: also called rigid or flat fans, they can’t be folded. You can wear them with your favorite pair of jeans or combine them with your sundress. What used to be a casual look before using a fan, will twist it into a more elegant one, while also provide you with a fresh draft if things get too hot in the summer!

It is said that the connection between the handle of the fan and the paper represents the place where life begins, and all of its wooden paths are the different roads that life can take to bring good fortune. Thus, he who wears it will always find happiness.

* Sensu: Or folding fans, are similar to the fans used in Western culture, they are more practical to wear than the Uchiwa fans, and will add a more sporty look to your attire. You can use them with either an elegant attire or a casual one to aim for a flirty look! As the rigid paper fans, they come in a wide variety of colors and will match your every outfit.

A Millennial Trend in Fashion

Japanese fans may pose as a late trend in fashion, but they have been around for a long time. The paper fans were usually used in Shinto Ceremonies and by the Emperors. It was a ceremonial item that connoted elegance and style.

Even though the Rigid Fan was more popular than the Folding Fan in the past, this trend started to reverse itself after the seventeenth century. So much so that Geishas use foldable fans as the main component of their “Fan Dance.”

A Form of Art

In Japan, fans are more than just an accessory. They are a form of art. They have served ever since the 6th century as decorating pieces for both men and women’s attire, but more importantly, they have served as a canvas in which the Japanese culture has made its impressions.

So, the next time you go on a Summer outing, think about bringing a fresh piece of Japanese tradition with you to upgrade your look into a more stylish, fresh, elegant and interesting look!