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  • The origins of the Japanese folding fan

    Japanese Folding Fan

    First originating in the early years of the Heian period (794 - 1185 AD), Japanese folding fans have played an important role in Far Eastern society for centuries. Sensu, as they are natively known, were traditionally used during ceremonies, ancient rituals and for decorational purposes. Folding fans are still very popular in Japan today, although they are now primarily used to fan oneself in hot and humid weather.

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