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Uchiwa [うちわ:団扇]

Uchiwa is a tool to get a cool in hot summer. It was originally used as a tool of faith in ancient age around 1300 A.D
After that,the shape fixed like current style made of bamboo bone and paper and Uchiwa became popular for common people in Edo period (1603 A.D. to 1868 A.D.)
Nowadays handmade Uchiwa is rare and and number of craftsperson has decreased. Most of Uchiwa has plastic bone instead of bamboo bone and we hardly watch traditional Uchiwa recently.







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