This delicate, ornamental Kyo Uchiwa fan(hand fan) is designed to reflect a classic work of traditional Japanese literature The tale of Genji with its vibrant colourful illustration.
The tail of Genji has been known as the first novel in the world. This particular story is told by many people in Japan and is very famously known throughout the country. The tale of Genji has been drawn up and carefully handpainted onto this Japanese round Uchiwa Fan.
Komaruya has been crafting traditional Japanese fans since the early 900s. The techniques that were used to craft these same fans 1000 years ago have been perfected over time and are still in use today. The Emperor Ōgimachi asked his fan master, Komaruya, to craft Uchiwa to stimulate the economy using the Fukakusa Bamboo that was thriving in that area of Kyoto. Komaruya began exporting Fukakusa Uchiwa for the emperor in 1573 and is recorded as a staple of Japanese Craft History. Komaruya was the first ever producer of Uchiwa in Japan; today, they continue to lead the industry with their incredible quality, techniques, and beauty. Komaruya’s fans are now often displayed as works of art in homes, businesses and traditional temples.