New Summer Collection of hand painted yuzen kimono uchiwa fan by Ms. Junko Kirino

I already introduced the hand painted yuzen kimono uchiwa fan on my blog before, so I will not explain in details, but if you are interested in how it is made, please visit my previous blog.

Yuzen is a kind of technique used to dye kimono fabrics and it is all hand painted, so it is luxurious and beautiful piece of art, but it can be, of course, used as a practical fan.

Today I am going to introduce her new Summer collections which arrived few days ago.

It is now rainy season in Tokyo and you will see the hydrangea everywhere. Rainy season in Tokyo can be very uncomfortable because of the high humidity in the air, but the hydrangea relieves the stress somehow with the visually refreshing colors.



Toward the end of June, Kakitsubata, which is a kind of iris starts blossoming.


How beautiful is that with the butterfly.


At night around this time of a year you will be able to see fireflies flying around by a river in countryside.  The sight of soft, fleeting lights blinking in the darkness is a spectacle that we associate with summer and I can personally stare at the gently blinking lights wondering around in the dark.



On the 7th of July, there is a Tanabata festival in Japan and on that day we hung wish lists to a bamboo branches. The wishes can be personal, but people often wish for the world peace.



It is also the morning glory season during the Tanabata festival and there is another famous festival called Asagao ichi in Iriya. Asagao means morning glory and many stalls selling morning glory as well as food stalls appear on the street in Iriya.



I’d been living in that area for a long time, so it was my yearly event to visit the festival with my friends.

It will, then, be Summer soon after the rainy season ends in July. Summer in Tokyo can be very hot with high humidity, so when you are walking on a street under the sunlight, the heat will literally kill you and the shades under the trees will save you from the heat stroke. The sight of gold fish swimming around in a pond is like a heaven immediately providing visual cooling effect.




These uchiwa fans can be, of course, used as a proper fan to provide you cool air, but they can also be decorative arts in your room while you are not using them.


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. For example, EMS to the USA will be 2,000yen and to Europe, it will be 2,200yen depending on the weight though. 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) (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. (Exit 1b has currently been closed for the refurbishment, so please use exit 1 instead).

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.

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