A commitment to folk creation that starts from collecting materials
The eastern part of Yamaga City, Kumamoto Prefecture, the visitors to Kamoto -cho have been known for more than 400 years as the production area of "Mitsu Shibu Uchiwa".
The Kurikawa Shoten, which was found in this area, is still particular about traditional manufacturing methods and continues to make a bitter fan painted with persimmon astringent. The fifth generation was Kyohei Kurikawa, who was adopted by the Kurikawa family. At first, it seems that he did not think anything particularly even if he saw a bitter uchiwa, but it was said that it was the commitment to the craftsman's handmade that made him decided to take over the hollow -up family business.
"Calls begin to collect bamboo, which is a framework, to collect the bamboo in the mountains. It is a homemade persimmon to make it preservative, insect -proof, and bacterial effect on the fans, but it is also homemade. Since the bean persimmon of about 5 cm large is harvested by ourselves and aged and fermented in 4 to 5 years, the tannin becomes darker and the effect is increased. Meeting the company that makes the fan from the material itself. I felt that I wasn't, and I was moved to keep this fan in the future. "
With each time, the color deeper and supple "grows up"
It is said that the etymology of the fan is "to hit", and it was an amulet tool in the old days. In the Meiji era, it was used to remove cool, but in today when air conditioners have become widespread, the use as advertising media at festivals and the like increases, and at the same time, many inexpensive lags such as plastic can be created. became.
While the number of fans distributed for free increases, Kurikawa Shoten's Shibu Chiwa is a different line of fans where you can enjoy the change as you keep it.
"Many fans are the best condition of the new one when completed. However, the fans have the oxidation reaction of persimmon astringent as the age passes, and the color becomes darker. Japanese paper and bamboo. As the condition becomes more and more softer, it will change to a fan that is easier to fan. If you deteriorate over time, it will grow into a fan and add value. "
In the outdoors, I feel the luxurious adult time in the wind.
I will ask Mr. Kurikawa how to use such a fans in the outdoor scene.
"I want you to cool the evening with a fan with one hand while watching the bonfire! Please spend the time unique to adults who are particular about the tools in the outdoors."
If you spend an outdoors full of traditions and commitments, you should feel a more luxurious time. When you spend time in nature, why don't you feel the comfort of a fan with your own hands, not a handy fans?
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