Japanese unique souvenirs
Japanese fans were once popular among the nobility and were used for ceremonial and decorative purposes, some of which were exported. Later, warriors began to use them as commanding sticks, and the common people began to use fans made of paper and bamboo. In the Edo period, they became widely used towards the end of the Edo period, and were considered a good luck charm by the common people. The origin of the fan is not very clear. Given the basic idea of a tool that is a little more efficient than waving a hand in front of your face, it is clear that the fan is most likely one of the inventions that emerged contemporaneously in most civilizations on Earth, or at least in civilizations with warm climates. However, the fan, an art form that symbolized status and expressed personality, appears to have developed in the East. The fan became a symbol of Japanese summer, and it was common to see wood and bamboo patterns painted on the back sash of thin cotton kimonos and jeans. Cool breezes, streams, and summer flowers are depicted or printed on the obi. Cool breezes, streams and summer flowers are painted or printed with patterns of cool breezes, streams and summer flowers. Original fans made of paper or plastic, often with fancy illustrations and a hole in the cover material instead of a handle. They may also be made of paper, silk or other fabric that is pleated and spread out in an arc or folded into a rectangle. Some believe this is called a “”fan”” and is a particularly Japanese invention. The fan has crossed the eastern seas in various forms and has changed its style each time. Of course, there is no clear record or evidence as to who first made the fan or where it occurred. It makes no sense to look into the legendary origins of the fan, such as the folding of paper to cool the heat. This basic device must have been “”invented”” hundreds of times before it was brought to the attention of the upper classes of society. One of the earliest forms appeared in the ninth century. The usual records, for example, were kept on thin wooden planks (which you might see burned as votive offerings in Japanese temples today). It is believed that a number of boards were bound together at one end of the thin board and a string was threaded through the other end to create a crude but effective public bath. Soon after, cypress fans appeared in the capital. The construction and appearance of the fans varied. Women’s fans were more colorful and often had flowers painted on them or ribbons attached to them. Men’s fans were plain and larger. The number of “”sticks”” that made up a fan was an indicator of social status. One device that seems to have been introduced to China from Japan is the shape of the outer piece. One sign of a fan’s quality is the bow-shaped guard with an inwardly curved edge. This keeps the fan tightly closed and compresses and protects the edges of any material that covers the bar. From China, fans werealso imported into Japan in the form of the traditional dancing fan. Fan dances have been practiced since the earliest days of Japanese civilization, but the modern fan, with its eight sticks and two guards, appears to have been adopted from traditional Chinese dances. Another art form that utilizes fans is rakugo, a traditional Japanese storyteller. Rakugo storytellers dress up as various characters as the story unfolds, suggesting an engaging stage characteristic that is nothing more than a fan. The ancient Greeks are said to have used something similar to the abacus. In Japan, the abacus with two or five beads used in China gradually came to be used with one abacus per bar and four beads per lower bar. Nowadays, because of the prevalence of calculators, fewer and fewer people use abacuses to study, but they still train their calculation skills. A kokeshi is a simple doll made of wood that represents a girl. A typical kokeshi has a cylindrical body, a round head, and no arms or legs. The body and head are made of wood, which is turned and shaped on a lathe. The face and kimono are painted in various colors. Kokeshi dolls were originally made as children’s toys in one region, but gradually came to be sold as souvenirs of hot spring communities.