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Folding fans are traditional craft which make Japan the origin and have the history from the Heian period (794-1192). The first folding fan connected and combined one end of the board of a long and slender thin tree. The fan became the elegant personal effects adorned with the picture at the time which was prevalent among Imperial Court women. However, these folding fans belong to aristocrats, priests, and Shinto priest, and general use was forbidden. When the Kamakura period came, the Japanese folding fan was brought into China by the Zen monk etc. Then, a big change took place to the folding fan. The paper pasted only on one side till then changed to the style pasted on both sides. And the folding fan which accomplished change in China was imported at the Muromachi period. That style came to be used also for a Japanese folding fan. Although the folding fan might be used for the turning point of life even now, it was once indispensable to Japanese people. The folding fan used especially at the time of a wedding had the meaning of a talisman which protects the body from a calamity at the same time praying for lots of luck.
There are many kinds of folding fans and are used at various places.
1. For ceremonies
2. Entertainments and for exercise
3. For ceremonial occasions
4. For cool breeze
Please unfold the folding fan slowly with both hands like drawing a circle.
Do not pull to right and left.
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