Modern Sports x Traditional Japanese Fan, Back to Edo

Komaruya Sumii came out with a limited-edition Japanese fan: Sports Kyo Uchiwa Fan, designed as “If today’s sports existed in the Edo era (1603-1867)”.

Since 1624, Kyoto-based Komaruya Sumii is one of Kyoto’s longest-established manufacturers of Kyo uchiwa (Japanese fan), Kyomaru uchiwa (Japanese fan) and Fukakusa uchiwa (Japanese fan).

Using its signature craftsmanship, the “Sports Kyo Uchiwa” fan series was born with the creative idea, hoping to soothe your mind.

■ Sports Kyo Uchiwa Fan

■ Kyo Uchiwa Fan SKATEBOARD
The background motif is from the ukiyo-e painter Hokusai’s Bishu Fujima-ga-hara (Fuji Moon View in Owari Province) of the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.

Kyo Uchiwa Fan SURFING
The background motif is “The Great Wave of Kanagawa” from the ukiyo-e painter Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series.

Kyo Uchiwa Fan BALL SPORTS
Basketball, handball, badminton, tennis, volleyball. Attention to detail goes into each athlete’s outfit (uniform), with the ball of each sport depicted as part of the uniform.

In those days, the pride of power was the rikishi (people who do sumo). The rikishi motif in it is Asahina Yoshihide, a popular Kabuki figure from the Edo period.

Kyo Uchiwa Fan RUGBY
As a form of kemari, rugby could have been nurtured and practised in the court culture.
Kemari has popularly practised at the imperial court since the Heian period (794-1185). By the Kamakura period (1185-1333), it spread to the samurai class. Then gradually to the general public in the Edo period (1603-1868).

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