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    Yamani is a traditional Sensu (folding fan) maker with a history spanning over 300 years. Born in Kyoto, a historic hub for fan production, Yamani played a crucial role in supporting fan craftsmanship during the Edo period. Founded in 1713 during Tokugawa Ietsugu's reign, Yamani's story intertwines with Sotatsu Tawaraya, an esteemed Edo-period artist. Known for his folding screen paintings, Sotatsu contributed to the allure of Yamani's fans, marking the beginning of Yamani's legacy.

    Hand fans have been a popular accessory in Japan for centuries. Not only do they serve a practical function, offering relief from the heat, but they are also associated with elegance, grace, and refinement in cultural events. Japanese hand fans, particularly Yamani folding fans, stand out for their wide range of designs, colors, and materials, allowing individuals to express their personal style.

    Despite the later popularity of electric fans, Yamani's traditional folding fans continued to be cherished, often given as corporate gifts and souvenirs. Some enthusiasts even choose to display Yamani fans as art in their homes.

    While some may perceive hand fans as losing popularity, Yamani aims to challenge that notion. Sensu, or folding fans, remain deeply rooted in Japanese cultural traditions, practical utility, artistic expression, and their adaptability to both historical and modern contexts. Today, Yamani delivers these cherished fans nationwide, seamlessly blending tradition with modernity. Explore the timeless journey of Japanese folding fans at Yamani—a fusion of rich history and contemporary elegance.

    Handcrafting sensu (folding fans) is no easy feat. In Kyoto, a city steeped in rich history and a distinctive culture, traditional industries have played a pivotal role in shaping its unique identity. Among the array of traditional crafts in Kyoto, the art of making folding fans stands out as a testament to intricate craftsmanship and the essence of division of labor. This age-old tradition, comprised of over 20 meticulous processes, has been diligently preserved by dedicated craftsmen who pass down their skills through generations.

    Yamani is committed to preserving this tradition for as long as possible and aims to share authentically crafted sensu with fans all over the world.

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