団扇(うちわ) - Uchiwa (a round fan)
A rounded fan called an uchiwa is a small article that you hold in your hand. The uchiwa is an accessory for the yukata. It was introduced from China over a thousand years ago. Uchiwas are made from paper and bamboo. The bamboo is used for the framework and handle. The framework consists of a round-shaped frame and between 20 and 30 ribs that run lengthwise across the frame. The framework is covered with Japanese paper and has a handle attached to the bottom. You can hold the handle in one hand and fan yourself. The part of the fan made of Japanese paper usually has drawings of summery things such as morning glories or other things that look cool and refreshing. People trying to keep cool have traditionally used round fans in the hot and humid season in Japan.