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Published on 02.01.2016
Sensu is one of the famous souvenir choice for the travellers to buy. It is very convenient, as it is light and free to bring around for self-cooling purpose. Moreover, it is also a preferable choice for Japanese as it can be folded into slim shape, unlike Uchiwa. Most of these Sensu have printed patterns with Japanese motifs such as Mt.Fuji and Cherry Blossom. Other than that, some Japanese caption will be also printed in the Sensu with beautiful writings.
Sensu was invented and used by the Japanese since the Heian period in Japan. The fan was also being imported to other Asia countries and Europe countries. It was first used as an aristocratic item, but now everyone can use it as an item. In the Europe countries, sensu was also been well shown in the portraits of the women of the ego.
The sensu was made of Japanese paper or cloth fixed to a collapsible frame of bamboo or wood. When user open up the fan, a shape wavy shape of the folded paper will be display and the art in the fan can be shown. Some fans have same art for both sides, while some they have two different theme but same art for both sides of the fan. The beauty of the art drawn in sensu has also become one of the most significant symbol representing the tradition of Japan.
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