Various patterns of folding fans
A design depicting an object that is considered auspicious.
Scale pattern, persimmon color
The scale pattern evokes the image of a snake or butterfly, and was considered a pattern to ward off evil, as it has the meaning of shedding its skin and "rebirth" by shedding evil.
The triangular shape also has the following meanings
Scale pattern Purple
The purple scale pattern is effective in warding off evil and evil spirits.
During the Edo period (1603-1867), the use of the expensive color purple, made by dyeing purple roots, was forbidden due to the "prohibition of extravagance" that forbade extravagance.
Weight connection (fundo junction)
This design is a series of patterns of weight weights used on a balance plate.
The weight has an interesting shape with a narrow center and is called "Takarazuki" (meaning "treasure-full") for its good fortune.
Ume komon (plum blossoms)
Ume represents "perseverance" over the cold winter and "vitality" heralding the coming of spring.
It also represents "abundance" as hanami was an event to wish for a bountiful harvest.
Edo fan, scaly orange (gray ground)
Edo fan, flower raft
Edo fan, wave, beige
Edo folding fan, Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Laughing Wall
Edo fan, Fuku
Edo fan, Sharaku Kinkichi
check (checkered, chequered) pattern
The image of never-ending, everlasting, and expansive pattern is considered to signify eternity, development and expansion, and prosperity.
Because gourds bear many fruits, they are said to bring prosperity to descendants, good fortune, prosperous business, and good health, and their narrow shape is said to absorb evil spirits and keep them at bay.
Take a thousand. That is, gain much. It represents victory and abundance.
A bird of the plover family that congregates near water, with a short beak, small and lovely.
As a valuable beneficial insect that removes pests, dragonflies are a symbol of a good harvest.
The dragonfly also flies quickly through the air and captures insects, making it a "winning insect" or "shogun.
The calm and endless wave pattern is a wish that life will continue to be calm and peaceful forever.
It also brings good luck.
running water pattern
This is a running water pattern with lines depicting flowing water. The meaning of "flowing" is "to cast away the role", i.e., to ward off evil and evil spirits.
Flowing water is pure and clean.