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added on : August 19, 2019

Japanese fans come in two types: the flat, paddle-like uchiwa and the foldable sensu. Not only are these traditional handicrafts an eco-friendly way to keep cool in summer, but they also serve many other purposes. Fans make for fashionable accessories that complement yukata (summer kimonos) and beautiful decorations. Traditionally, they are regarded as lucky items and are used in dances, tea ceremonies, and holy rituals. Why not take home a Japanese fan for yourself or as a souvenir? Take your pick from the gorgeous designs on display at Matsuneya and Haibara.

Haibara: Setting the standard for uchiwa since 1806

Haibara pioneered and perfected the oval shape that uchiwa are known for today. Haibara's uchiwa were popular souvenirs during the Edo period (1603-1867), and among its current lineup, you'll find some designs that date all the way back to that time. Although Haibara also carries simple, subdued uchiwa, the ones with vivid designs printed on chiyogami (patterned washi paper) will leave you stunned.

Matsuneya: Traditional motifs, intricate details

In business since 1914, Matsuneya offers durable fans made of the finest wood, bamboo, and washi paper. Its bestsellers feature traditional motifs such as sumo wrestlers and cherry blossoms. Go for the sensu themed after the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Made in collaboration with a suiboku-ga (ink painting) artist, these elaborate designs can't be found anywhere else!

Haibara

Address Tokyo Nihombashi Tower, 2-7-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo City, Tokyo
Hours 10:00-18:30
Weekends: 10:00-17:30
Closing days Holidays
Access Nihombashi Station | Exit B6 | Right outside
Asakusa Line | Ginza Line | Tozai Line
Other For updated information on opening hours, days closed, prices, and more, please check the official website.
URL Haibara

Matsuneya

Address 2-1-10 Asakusabashi, Taito City, Tokyo
Hours 9:00-17:30
Saturdays: 9:00-13:00
Closing days Sundays and holidays
Access Asakusabashi Station | Exit A6 | 1 min on foot
Asakusa Line
Asakusabashi Station | East Exit | 2 min on foot
JR Sobu Line
Other For updated information on opening hours, days closed, prices, and more, please check the official website.
URL Matsuneya (JPN)

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