Gifu Fans

Gifu Fans

Sumii Tomojirō Shōten. Accessed May 1, 2008.] The fans were first created as "omiyage" for tourists and visitors to Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River.


The "Oyudan no Ue no Nikki" (御湯殿上日記), a journal from the Muromachi period, records that Gifu's Zuiryū-ji gave away fans as gifts. A member of the Matsudaira clan officially named the fans "Gifu Uchiwa".

Today, over 10,000 fans are produced each year.


The covers for the fans are made using Mino washi, while the base structure is made in more fine a detail than the fans made in Marugame and Kyoto. There are over 20 individual steps required to make one fan.

ee also

* Mino washi
* Gifu Lanterns
* Gifu Umbrellas


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