May 23, 2017

Japanese Handheld Folding Fan

Ōnishi Kyōsen-dō Store, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100
大西京扇堂(京都市中京区三条通寺町東入る)

Imagine a device small enough to fit in your pocket that can store and transmit messages and pictures, lets you network with various communities, advertise wealth and social status, and even lets you play games in your free time. You might be thinking of a cell phone, but in Japan, centuries ago, there was already a devise that could do all that and more. In English it is called a fan, but that word fudges over myriad distinctions that are important in Japanese culture. (by Alan J. Wiren, read more...)

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