Edo Sensu (holding hand fan) "HANJIMONO"

Edo Sensu (holding hand fan) "HANJIMONO"
Cool wordplay in the Edo era
"HANJIMONO" is a kind of riddle-like conundrum. Giving a different meaning in a picture or word, makes people solve the riddle. Also often it gives a good luck meaning for their life. 

"UMAKUIKU" - everything goes well.
These Chinese characters "馬九行駆" or "馬九行久" means 9 horsed and called UMAKUIKU means in Japanese "everything goes well" by reading, which puns on a word.
Because of its good luck sounds, there is much variety of way of writing for "UMAKUIKU".
The wild horse forms groups. 
In old days it might have been saying, "if you see 9 horses, it brings good luck."

"MUBYOU" - be in sound health
6 bottle gourds are called "MUBYOU" which means in sound health.
Bottle gourd also become with large numbers such as 1000, so means the dream come true. Good luck picture pattern.

Winner insect. Dragonfly only keeps going ahead.

"CHIDORI" as Plover -- thousands of birds
It means get thousands, means gain a lot.

"YOKI KOTO KIKU" - Listen to good things. 
The picture of the axe is called as good "YOKI", a music instrument KOTO's pillar is called as things "KOTO" and the flower KIKU as listen "KIKU". This theme is often used in classic KABUKI. 

"KAMAWANU" - I don't mind.
The picture of the sickle is called "KAMA", a wheel is called "WA" and the Japanese character NU. Joining all these characters mean "KAMAWANU" which means I don't mind.
This pattern was young people's more fave in the Edo era. Especially since after Kabuki actor Danjyuro Ichikawa wore the stage costume with the "KAMAWANU" pattern, it hits outbreak of popularity for downtown people.