During the warm Kyoto summers, it’s not unusual to see women and men unfolding hand fans and quietly enjoying the breeze. This effortlessly cool accessory, called sensu in Japanese, is steeped in rich history and remains as a timeless art form. To this day, folding fans flutter in the hands of geisha walking along Kyoto’s cobblestone streets, businessmen hailing a cab, or even chic women waiting for a subway train.
My friends at Miyawaki Baisen-an, a centuries-old fan shop in the heart of Kyoto, shared with me some fantastic facts and figures behind this elegant invention.
“87: steps to make a fan by hand, from start to finish.”Read More