Hakuchikudo – Traditional Handcrafted Kyoto Fans
Situated in the buzzing tourist area of Yasaka-no-Tou, Ryosen is a traditional Japanese folding fan select store run by the over 300-year-old Japanese fan maker, Hakuchikudo.
At Ryosen you will also find a huge range of traditional handcrafted “Kyo-sensu.”
Kyo-sensu refer to fans with domestically – and specifically Kyoto and Shiga – made leaves, sticks and finishings. The name “Kyo-sensu” is owned by the Kyoto Sensu & Uchiwa Commerce Association and can only be used by its members.
There are about 88 steps that go into completing a single fan, most of which require skilled craftsmanship. This means that different people are required to specialize in different aspects of the fan making process.
In other words, Kyo-sensu, which are the results of the skills of many coming together into one, are precious pieces of incredibly fine craftsmanship.
While Kyo-sen boast a history stretching back over 1,200 years and incorporate the unique culture and aesthetics of Kyoto, over time they have managed to maintain continually changing design. This includes many of the fans sold today, which feature stylish designs that fit with modern tastes.
In addition to traditionally handcrafted Kyo-sensu and other classical Japanese folding fans, Ryosen also stocks a wide variety of Western-style fans made with lace and rhinestones, fans made in collaboration with different industries and artists, and more.
If you're interested in folding fans of any sort, then dropping by Ryosen is a must!