Sensu: The Beautiful & Traditional Japanese Folding Fan

The sensu (扇子) is the Japanese folding fan.

Started in Kyoto in the Heian Period (794 to 1185). Where the handmade fans were originally just a combination of thin strips of paper.

And were enhanced to what we know today in the Kamakura Period (1185-1333).

The Japanese folding fan is very durable and can be used frequently & some even come inside cases.

And in the summer you’ll find a nearly infinite number of amazing designs for sale in Japan.

Folding fans take their name from the area in which they are made. For instance, those originating in Kyoto around 1,200 years ago are known as “Kyo-sensu”. In comparison, those made in Edo (present day Tokyo) are known as “Edo-sensu”. —JapanCraft

Historically, Japanese hand fans were tools of aristocrats and the samurai class. They were a way to signify social standing, and even communicate messages. The earliest recorded sighting of the Japanese fan was in the 6th century CE, where burial tombs were adorned with pictures of fans. —JapanObjects

The pattern on a fan is also an important mode of self-expression for the user. A fan is eye-catching because it moves in front of the user’s face. Be sure to select a design that suits your style and that will create an impression when you nimbly open up your fan. —TadaimaJapan

With Japan’s famously hot and humid summers, the country knows a thing or two about staying cool in style. Pairing a fashionable Japanese hand fan with a bold colored yukataand authentic Japanese sandals will keep you comfortable while turning heads. When shopping for your look, don’t worry about trying to match the colors or patterns exactly. It’s common, for example, to use one of the yukata’s accent colors as the inspiration for your sandals and hand fan rather than the yukata’s main color. —FromJapanBlog