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    Aiba

    A 300-year-old fan manufacturer of delicate and beautiful fans

    Kyo-uchiwa (Kyoto paper fans) originated from Gosho-uchiwa, a paper fan for imperial family, which has distinctive features of manufacturing technique called ‘Sashi-gara.’ Some parts of the fan is made and decorated with gold-leaf and lacquer and then designs are painted on later. Aiba is a long-established store founded in 1689.  The former owner designed a new style fan, ‘Sukashi-uchiwa,’ that has a cut-out picture attached.  They are ideal for keeping people cool in summer and their decorative patterns are used for summer arrangements. Kyo-uchiwa (84,000 yen) comes in various designs and celebratory patterns including seasonal natural beauties and auspicious turtle. It is recommended for a gift because the patterns represent good luck or as a talisman warding off evil spirits.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-Gaho,August issue,2010

    INFORMATION

    Name Aiba
    Address Yanaginobanba-dori Rokkaku-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-221-1460
    Hours 9:00-18:00 (Sat.: until 12:00)
    Closed "Sun. & natioal holidays (open daily during April - July)"
    Resevation
    URL http://www.kyo-aiba.jp/
    Recommended New print designs are released every year.

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