We bought Sensu (Japanese folding fans) for all the ladies in our family (and Blaine has one, a very masculine one of course). We bought most of our fans from Loft, a Japanese chain that sells everything from cosmetics and ceramics to lamps and bento boxes, including our blue and cream fans pictured below. The Loft fans range from about ¥2000 – ¥10,000 (about $20-$100). There are loads of specialty fan shops throughout Japan, like Miyawaki Baisen-an, a famous wooden fan shop located in central Kyoto.
During the summer in Japan we used our fans all the time. It’s very common to see both men and women using fans to cool off in the summer heat and humidity (and it gets to like 80-90% humidity!). In the cooler months we display our fans in wooden stands on our dresser. We bought our fan stands at a shop that sells tapestries, fans, and paintings along Chawanzaka (teapot lane) in Kyoto (very close to where we bought our Kyoto sketches). We love that they’re useful and decorative (just like the masu).
Some of our other favorite Japanese souvenirs:
What are your favorite souvenirs?
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