My name is Fukatsu and I am one of the Edo folding fan craftsmen who now have only two people.
We use thick, high-quality bamboo and Japanese paper from Kyoto to manufacture all the processes by ourselves.
The base paper becomes stronger by using paper that has been coated with persimmon astringency many times, and it glows black each time it is used.
Most of the folding fans are one-of-a-kind items with original patterns. If you have a favorite pattern, please purchase it as soon as possible.
Enjoy the stylish Edo folding fan, which is the proof of the Edo folding fan that makes a beautiful clicking sound when it is closed.
|Manufacturer||Unkindo Fukatsu Hand Fan|
|Country of origin||Tokyo, Japan|
|Technique||Edo Folding Fans|
|Material||Fan surface Japanese paper, fan bone bamboo|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 1-2 weeks)|
Just by holding it, you can tell if it's good or bad
Unkindo Fukatsu Folding Fan
- Edo folding fan
- Yoshiko Fukatsu
Traditional skills handed down over 150 years from the late Edo period
My father, Kozo Fukatsu, was a great traditional craftsman ; during his active duty, he undertook the manufacture of fans used by the females of the imperial family during one of the most significant official ceremonies.
I studied under my father since I was 29 years old, and now I am the 5th generation of Ukindo Fukatsu Folding fan Brand.
Incorporating contemporary aesthetics into tradition
The imperial family is not the only customer of ours; we also make fans for traditional Kabuki actors such as Tamasaburo Bando and Tokizo Nakamura.
By manufacturing fans for multiple significant figures, we continue to protect the traditions and techniques of Edo fans even today.
Edo holding fans are different from Kyoto holding fans; while Kyoto fans are made through a division of labor system, Edo fans are made by one craftsman undertaking more than 30 processes.
Our craftsmens skills are highly advanced, therefore we are able to make tiny adjustments such as thickness of the base paper and more, enabling uniqueness of each craftsman to be expressed.
As for the design, rather than simply adopting traditional Japanese patterns, we incorporate contemporary aesthetics to sublimate the whole design into modern and stylish, yet traditional and authentic.
Such design is enabled by our highly-advanced skills accumulated through the long years of experiences and our craftsmens keen sensibility.
Even sounds of the fans are enjoyable
Compared to elegant Kyoto fans, Edo fans are more "stylish" and also "practical".
The base paper has a plenty of width, making the whole fan stable and robust when used.
Moreover, we would like each user to feel the "sound" created when the fan is closed.
That clear sound is satisfying and comfortable, bringing entertainment to your ears, as well.
Please utilize our fans during hot summer days, not only to cool you down but also to enjoy the season with your eyes and ears through the design and the sound.
Tokyo Metropolitan Traditional Crafts Conservation Federation. Arakawa City designated intangible cultural property holder.
How Japanese Products Can Be Such High Quality
The Reason Japan Can Produce So Many High-Quality Products
To put it simply, it’s because they found a way to produce exceptional products with high efficiency, resulting in surprisingly low prices.
The Japanese Drive for Perfection
The Japanese always seek perfection in both the production process and the products themselves.
As such, the Japanese production process aims to eliminate waste and inefficiencies while guaranteeing quality by having craftspeople inspect their own products and constantly strive to make improvements.
Ingenuity Stemming from the Spirit of “Omotenashi” and “Kikubari”
The Japanese excel at creating and improving things because of their devotion to the ideas of hospitality and attentiveness, known as “omotenashi” and “kikubari” respectively. These ideas push them to uncover, predict, and fulfill their customers’ every need.
This earnestness, as well as how they spare no effort when it comes to offering their customers the very best, is reflected in the products Japan produces.
Trustworthy Suppliers That Deliver On All Fronts
One product is often the result of various organizations joining forces and combining their skills and capabilities.
Japanese suppliers are known for their dedication to delivering high-quality materials, parts, and products on schedule, and it’s thanks to their efforts that Japan can produce such high-quality goods.
The Japanese Are the World’s Most Discerning and Demanding Customers
Many Japanese people have traveled and experienced shopping around the world. This has given them a much more discerning eye for judging the quality of products.
The standards of Japanese people are very high. They are finely tuned not just to the quality, safety, design, and novelty of products, but also to their visual appearance such as their packaging and wrapping.
Made-in-Japan products keep improving in quality in order to meet the rigorous standards of their domestic clientele.
Japan Is Home to Many Long-Established Companies
According to an international survey, Japan has the highest number of companies that have been established over a century ago. In fact, the grand total of 33,076 of such Japanese companies accounts for 41.3% of the total worldwide number of 80,066. The US takes second place with 19,497 companies (24.4%) and Sweden comes in third with 13,997 (17.5%).
Japan also has the highest number of companies that are more than two centuries old, being home to 1,340 such companies, which account for 65.0% of the global total of 2,051. The US takes second place with 239 companies (11.6%), Germany comes in third with 201 (9.8%), and the UK places fourth with 83 (4.0%).
So, Japan is able to produce so many high-quality goods because it’s home to the highest number of long-established companies that have been passing down their knowledge and technical prowess through the generations.
*Source: Based on data from Teikoku Databank and Bureau Van Dijk’s orbis (as of October 2019).
What Makes Traditional Japanese Crafts High Quality
Traditional crafts are the amalgamation of Japanese culture.
“Traditional crafts” is the general term used for crafts that are produced using processes and techniques that have been passed down through generations. In Japan, this includes textiles, dyed goods, ceramics, lacquerware, woodwork, washi Japanese paper, dolls, items for Buddhist rituals, and other goods that enrich our everyday lives.
Traditional crafts are associated with the concept of “the beauty of use”, which refers to products and skills that become easier to use and approach perfection the longer they come into contact with people.
Currently, it is believed that there are approximately 1,300 different types of traditional crafts in Japan.
Among these, 236 crafts have been officially designated as “traditional Japanese crafts” by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (as of January 2021).
The main criteria for being recognized as a traditional Japanese craft:
Key Parts of the Production Process Must Be Done by Hand
Traditional Japanese crafts do not have to be entirely handmade, but the underlying process that brings out the product’s unique and distinctive characteristics, such as their quality, form, and design, must be handcrafted.
This guarantees that every traditional Japanese craft is, at its core, a product of human hands, meaning that its size and shape have been designed with human comfort in mind. It also makes the crafts much safer.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
The Japanese believe that a technique or a skill can only be considered reliable and complete after it’s been refined through trial and error and constant improvements by numerous craftspeople over a period of at least 100 years.
Skills are closely related to the capability of each craftsperson and precision, and they are something that an individual can refine. Techniques, on the other hand, are associated with the historical accumulation of knowledge, including everything from the selection of raw materials to the production process.
All this said, modern craftspeople don’t just mimic the techniques of the past. Rather, they’re continuously coming up with improvements and developing new ways of doing things without fundamentally changing what makes traditional Japanese crafts unique.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
As we can see, the secret to the high quality of made-in-Japan products is the drive of Japanese people for perfection, the adherence to their unique philosophy of hospitality, and their discerning eye that can’t be matched.
Traditional Japanese crafts are one level above normal made-in-Japan products, as they must also meet rigorous criteria such as being handcrafted or made using skills and techniques that have been passed down for at least a century.
Thanks to all of the above, Japanese products have become famous for their high quality all over the world.