TOKYO Teshigoto

Edo Sensu

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Unfold the sensu fan, and a stylish Edo pattern appears. “Bishamon-koushi” is a pattern taken after the Bishamonten (Vaisravana) of Kagurazaka, Tokyo. “Samé-komon” (shark pattern) is a typical komon pattern. Unlike the colourful and glamorous designs of Kyoto Sensu, the Edo Sensu with its “iki” and refined appearance is cool and graceful. The brisk snapping sound it makes when folded is also cool. There are about thirty ways to make a sensu fan. And unlike the divided tasks among different craftsmen required in Kyoto Sensu, every task for producing an Edo Sensu is performed by just one craftsman. And that brisk sound can only be created through years of performing each task meticulously. Today there are only a handful of truly skilled sensu craftsmen. The current generation is the fifth at Unkindo Fukatsu Sensuten (fan shop). She inherits the proven skills and aesthetics. Even the Edo patterns are finished with colours to match today’s tastes. And when the fan rib material changes to either white bamboo, Karaki dyed bamboo, smoked bamboo or black-dyed bamboo for instance, the entire appearance of the sensu changes even if with the same pattern. Despite being a tool for inducing airflow, more profound ways are hidden for Edo Sensu to be enjoyed.

For men
Size: L225 mm
Materials: Bamboo, washi (Japanese paper)
For women
Size: L195 mm
Materials: Bamboo, washi (Japanese paper)

*The information on this site is as of December 2017.

*Sizes, colours and shapes of the actual products may differ slightly as they are handmade.

*Product specifications and suggested retail prices may change without prior notice. Prices shown are all tax exclusive suggested retail prices.