The 'uchiwa' is a traditional Japanese fan made of bamboo and paper. It is often used in summer to keep cool in hot weather. They are part of Japanese seasonal traditions and are often given as gifts at these times. The purpose is to purify and pray. There are many kinds of patterns on an uchiwa; during the Han Dynasty they were often decorated by famous calligraphers. During the Edo period they were made as souvenirs for shrines. During the Meiji period they got high evaluation and imported foreign countries. They come very handy in summer and really create a breeze, I bought them as souvenirs for my mom and grandma and they are thrilled with them.
Markers on croquis paper