Hand painted Yuzen kimono fan from Kyoto

Kyoto has a long history of producing Kimono, which is a Japanese traditional clothes, and Yuzen is one technique used for dyeing the kimono fabrics.

Hand painted dyeing Yuzen is all painted by hand and it is almost like a piece of art.

The base bamboo fan is made in Marukame city, where is famous for producing high quality fan, and the specifically dyed base fabric is glued onto it (normally this type of fan has paper on the surface, but this Yuzen fan uses fabric instead).

The Yuzen dyeing technique begins by outlining a drawn pattern on the Kimono fabric with a mixture of rice paste containing rice powder etc. The dried rice paste mixture, called a paste resist, provides a barrier  to prevent the brushed on dye from seeping into other parts of the fabric.   The fabric is, then, painted with a brush using the desired dye colors after the paste resist dries. When the paint is dry, the fabric is smoothed with steam to remove the rice paste.

The cherry blossoms with two rabbits motif fan is 9,500yen+tax.

The fan can, of course, be used as a practical fan, but it will be a decorative art on your wall.

The chrysanthemum is beautifully painted on one side of the fan leaving the other half blank like how kimono is often designed.  9,500yen+tax.


Benthamidia florida flower with a nightingale fan is 8,500yen+tax.

The simpler goldfish design fans are both 6,800yen+tax.

I am not sure if you the flower called Cluster Amaryllis or Higanbana in Japanese. They are often red flower, but you can sometimes find white ones in Japan and they normally blossom in September. 7,200yen+tax.


The peony flower fan is 8,000yen+tax.


They all come in the same size of 42cm including the bamboo handle and the width of 29cm.


How to purchase them?

You can either visit our store in Tokyo or you can send us emails and we can send them overseas by EMS or send them to those designated hotels or places within Japan where you specify after confirming your payment.

Please choose the fan you want to purchase and we will calculate the cost of EMS (we normally provide cheaper option if it is available) and we will request the payment with PayPal to you by email. We will send it to you right after we confirm your payment.

For domestic delivery within Japan, the shipping cost is only 648yen and it is free when the total goes over 10,800yen.

Contact address is info(at)mabysoshite.com (please change the (at) to @).

Alternatively if you happen to be in Tokyo, you can visit us in Aoyama, Tokyo.

How to visit us in Tokyo?

The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station exit 1b on Ginza line Tokyo Metro.

Gaienmae station is only 2 stops away from Shibuya.

If you are a visitor to Japan, please bring your passport, so you can claim for tax free!


MA by So Shi Te

2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,

Tokyo Japan 107–0062

Tel: 03-3401-0922


Tax Free Shopping

When the total of your purchase exceeds over 5,000yen, you can claim for tax free shopping. We need your passport to do that, so please do not forget to bring it with you, when you visit our store in Tokyo.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. David says:

    These are all very beautiful!

    1. Thank you for your comment! Yes they are really beautiful! I love them!

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