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.
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.