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A Hangyoku (Young Geisha) holding a Kumade or "Lucky Charm Rake", which are sometimes styled to resemble cypress-slat fans, as here. The Otafuku mask or “Goddess of Mirth” is generally attached to help rake in happiness and prosperity. Kumade are sold at Tori-no-Ichi Festivals that are held in November, throughout Japan. The largest of the Tori-no-Ichi Festivals are in Tokyo.

A Hangyoku (Young Geisha) holding a Kumade or "Lucky Charm Rake", which are sometimes styled to resemble cypress-slat fans, as here. The Otafuku mask or “Goddess of Mirth” is generally attached to help rake in happiness and prosperity. Kumade are sold at Tori-no-Ichi Festivals that are held in November, throughout Japan. The largest of the Tori-no-Ichi Festivals are in Tokyo.

Two Hangyoku with Bangasa 1910  This is a hand-colored postcard from around 1910, showing two Hangyoku (Young Geisha) holding paper umbrellas.

Two Hangyoku with Bangasa 1910 This is a hand-colored postcard from around 1910, showing two Hangyoku (Young Geisha) holding paper umbrellas.

Gunbai Uchiwa Obi 1930s    A Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) dressed for a ceremonial occasion, her Darari Obi (Dangling Sash) is decorated with Gunbai Uchiwa, a type of War Fan used by high-ranking Samurai to signal troop movements and deflect small weapons. Gunbai Uchiwa are also used by referees in professional Sumo wrestling matches.

Gunbai Uchiwa Obi 1930s A Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) dressed for a ceremonial occasion, her Darari Obi (Dangling Sash) is decorated with Gunbai Uchiwa, a type of War Fan used by high-ranking Samurai to signal troop movements and deflect small weapons. Gunbai Uchiwa are also used by referees in professional Sumo wrestling matches.

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