Fans usually bamboo covered with hand painted paper , and are traditional accessories carried by men and women .
The Symbolism of Holding fan in Japan
In the Japanese culture fan painting are symbolic . The important use of fans is to create a cooling breeze for the user . In Japan there's a superstition . During many years fans were use to keep away the devil and bad spirits , were used in ceremonies and also in rituals , to provide shade for royalty and during many years a holding fans was considered as a symbol of status . Fans are also used in Japanese theater to accentuate the stylize movements of kabuki and Noh Dance . Fans are also given as gifts to honor births and specially Birthday.
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