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Monday September 22nd 2014

Make your own Uchiwa

It is hot and perfect weather for the Uchiwa!
These hand-held fans abound in Japan during the summer months. They are a great tool for a sales pitch. They are also a practical way of cooling off during the oppressive heat of July and August.

Old Japan making Uchiwa
Old Japan making Uchiwa

The uchiwa has been a popular cultural item for centuries in Japan. Hence it is wonderful to look through the photo collection of Okinawa Soba and find these young girls hard at work making uchiwa. The photo was taken about 90 years ago.

What changes we have seen since then, but the basic uchiwa is still good!

Today, of course, like anything technology has caught up and you can make your own uchiwa at home with the ease of a computer and printer! Easy! Take a look at this site – in Japanese but the message is clear …. you can print your designs out and stick them onto a plastic frame. Perfect!

Make your own uchi wa
Make your own uchi wa

This photo by digitalbear is an interesting capture of the modern day cyber promoting uchiwa.

Combining old and new cultures on an uchiwa – Way to go!

Custom Made
Custom Made
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